Bucks name design team for arena entertainment block

Milwaukee-based Rinka Chung will work with San Francisco-based Gensler

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:14 pm

Milwaukee-based Rinka Chung Architecture and San Francisco-based Gensler have been chosen to design the entertainment block of the new Bucks arena development in downtown Milwaukee.

A rendering of the planned Milwaukee Bucks arena district, including the entertainment block area.

The entertainment block, which will be located on Fourth Street between West Highland Avenue and West Juneau Avenue, will feature an active space for year-round activities including dining, entertainment and retail.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome these two cutting-edge firms to our team as we continue to transform this portion of downtown Milwaukee and create a community gathering space,” said Bucks President Peter Feigin. “We envision this space being a showcase for the best entertainment outlets that Milwaukee and Wisconsin have to offer and one that empowers local businesses to partner with us in revitalizing this portion of the city.”

Gensler is a global architecture, design and planning firm with 46 locations across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the Americas.

Gensler is also the firm working with Matt Garrison, the Chicago developer who purchased the Milwaukee post office complex last year and is planning to redevelop it into a mixed use development.

Rinka Chung Architecture is a Milwaukee-based architecture and interior design firm established by principal architect Matt Rinka in 2006.

“The Rinka Chung and Gensler team is proud to be selected for the Milwaukee Bucks Live Block project,” Rinka said. “In terms of defining the human experience of the arena district and the downtown urban environment as a whole, this is a monumentally key project for our region.”

The new Bucks arena was designed by Populous, Eppstein Uhen and HNTB. The team submitted detailed design plans to the city in March and is expected to break ground on the project in July.


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