IT'S AN URBAN LIGHTHOUSE, a beacon of color and wonder smack dab in the middle of a gritty Rust Belt neighborhood. Up on the roof, this terrace acts as an outdoor living room for a resident's loft. A curtain of sliding panels, sheathed with colorful translucent and transparent plastic, can be arranged to allow for intimate dinners, large gatherings, or private sunbathing. With its palette of movable panels, it can either frame or filter the Milwaukee skyline.

Category: Upper terrace; Entrant/ Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee; Builder: Kotze Construction Co., Milwaukee; Developers: Joe and Cindy Rewolinski, Milwaukee

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