TKWA UrbanLab

We formed TKWA UrbanLab as an extension of our Cedarburg-based studio office. The goal of UrbanLab is to help lead on going community efforts in making downtown Milwaukee and its adjacent neighborhoods a more vibrant urban center. Creating a new physical presence in the City allows us to provide an active voice in shaping the future of Milwaukee at a time of dynamic change and growth in the downtown.

This creative space is housed within a modest, yet highly visible and accessible, storefront within a larger redevelopment of an existing industrial warehouse located on South Fifth Street in Milwaukee. We worked with the project owner to create an overall master plan for the building site, which was envisioned as a vibrant, mixed-use maker space, restaurant, and office development.


Milwaukee, WI


Approx 15,000 sf


Completed 2017

A former enclosed loading dock area was exposed to create an open-air restaurant courtyard while retaining the original metal roof trusses. New storefront window and door openings were created for our studio space. 

Additional tenants include a production, distribution, and retail space for an organic juice maker, as well as production and office space for a regional malting company serving the craft brewing industry.