Text

MONONA

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison Wisconsin, is a striking example of Wrightian design with its quintessential circular forms, landscaped roof, and helical design elements. Taliesin Architects was commissioned to begin architectural work on the 55 year old original Frank Lloyd Wright design in 1992. Architectural drawings were completed within a year, and construction was completed in 1998.

Set on a 4.4-acre site fronting Lake Monona and completing an axis with the Wisconsin State Capitol Building, the $64-million, five-level, 602,610-sq.ft. structure was completed by the combined will of diverse private sector interests and government officials. As a new model for convention centers, Monona Terrace’s design addresses current trends in the demand for contemporary assembly facilities. Another feature is the semicircular window wall fronting the lake—a dramatic departure from the archetypal convention hall. The site also features an extensive network of lakeside pedestrian and bicycle paths, gardens, and informal seating areas.

The significant contribution of this project is the urban connection that Monona Terrace establishes between the capitol building and Lake Monona through the streetscape design of the connecting boulevard and a series of landscaped urban plazas.

Close
Close
Close
Close
Close
Close
Close
Close
Introduction
Home
People
Artwork
Global
Products
News
Contact Us