Madison, Wisconsin

Program: A three-story, 81,000-square-foot addition to the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The addition doubles the museum's gallery space, allowing much of the collection that had been in storage to go on display. The new wing includes a 5,000-square-foot gallery for temporary exhibitions, a secure loading and receiving area, an auditorium, a works-on-paper gallery, a docent room, a conference room, and a museum store.


Design concept and solution: In expanding the existing museum, built in 1970, the architects wanted the addition to read as a seamless extension of the original, as if the two had always been a single unit. The new poured-in-place concrete structure mimics the slablike massing of the 1970 building and replicates its third-floor gallery plan. On that floor, a bridge gallery connects the two wings, and a band of limestone wraps around the exteriors of both. While the existing building is focused inward, around an interior court, the addition opens itself to the public with a double-height, glazed lobby. The lobby faces a stone-paved courtyard that passes between the two buildings. Emphasizing the new wing's openness, the courtyard's stone paving extends through the lobby and up the main staircase to the third-floor galleries. Rows of copper-clad monitors on the roof modulate daylight and bring it down into the galleries.

Completion Date: August 2011

Total construction cost: $43 million

University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

Machado and Silvetti Associates
560 Harrison
Boston, MA 02118
T: 617.426.7070
F: 617.426.3604


University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
1860 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

University of Wisconsin
Chazen Museum of Art
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Machado and Silvetti Associates
560 Harrison
Boston, MA 02118
T: 617.426.7070
F: 617.426.3604

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Machado and Silvetti Associates, Design Architect
Rodolfo Machado (Design Principal)
Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer, AIA (Project Manager)
Jamie Setzler (Project Designer)
Jeffrey Butcher (Project Designer)

Continuum Architects + Planners SC, Managing Architects
Robert Barr, AIA (Partner)
Daniel Beyer, AIA, LEED AP (Project Manager)
Kyle Reynolds (Project Designer)
Heather Pease (Project Designer)

Architect of record: Continuum Architects + Planners SC

Interior designer:
Machado and Silvetti Associates

Structural: Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer and Associates Inc. 
Loei Badreddine
Chris Bielefeld

Mechanical/Electrical: Ring & Duchateau Inc. 
Gregg Achtenhagen
Martin Herrick
Daryl Lynaugh
Christopher Ulm

Plumbing and Fire Protection: PSJ Engineering
Jim Mickowski
Mike Bohlmann

Civil: Bloom Companies, LLC
Jonathan Steinbach

Landscape: Reed Hilderbrand Associates Inc.
Gary Hilderbrand
Chris Moyles
Joseph James

Lighting: LAM Partners
Jennifer Pieszak
Paul Zaferiou 

Audio Visual: Professional Audio Designs, Inc
Scott Leonard
Phillip Roeglin

Security Design:Architect’s Security Group, Inc (Formerly Steve Keller and Associates)
Steve Keller
Steve Swen

Curtain Designer: Inside/ Outside  
Petra Blaisse, Lead Designer
Peter Niessen, Fashion Designer

General contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Photographer(s): Anton Grassl
Erica Stoller
914. 698. 4060

Renderer(s): Machado and Silvetti Associates

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Revit® Design Software



Exterior cladding

Masonry: Stone: Shoshone Limestone; dist. By Quarra Stone Company, Madison, WI, 53714
Metal Wall Panels: Copper Bronze Wall Panels, Riverside Group, Windsor  Ontario, Canada
Soffit Panels: Custom GFRC Soffit Panels, ARC( A Formglas Company)


Aluminum: Series 5600, curtain-wall system, Efco Corp.


Glass Curtainwall: StructuralGlass Curtain Wall System, Novum Structures LLC, Menomonie Falls, WI


Entrances:  Stainless Steel Balanced Doors, Ellison Bronze
Wood doors: Eggers Industries
Fire-control doors, security grilles: Horizontal Coiling Fire Door, McKeon Door Company

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings:  Custom Acoustical Ceilings, Decoustics Ceilencio Custom

Floor and wall tile (cite where used):  Dolomitic Limestone at Lobby and stair, Quarra Stone Company, Madison, WI 53714

Ceilings: Solid Cheery wood Slat Ceiling, Open Linear Slat Ceiling Architectural Components Group, Inc Marshfield, MO

Office furniture:  Knoll, Inc.
Reception furniture: Custom benches, Metalsmiths, ON, Canada
Fixed seating:Irwin Seating, Grand Rapids, MI
Museum Display Cases:  Laboratorio museotecnico Goppion, Italy
Museum Storage: Art Storage Racks: stabaArte, Germany

Gallery track lighting: Lighting Services Inc. (LSI), NY