DoMUS Apartments

Luxury Waterfront Living In Historic Third Ward

DoMUS is a premier mixed-use six-story building located on the Milwaukee River in the city’s Historic Third Ward. The new building includes 132 luxury apartment units, ranging in size and type, and 175 interior parking spaces. The long, narrow, and slightly bent plot of land is a part of a series of block-long WWI-era renovated mixed-use warehouses.

On the first level, two retail tenants occupy the east and west corner. The apartment units, on levels two through six, showcase luxury, high-end finishes and features creating an experience of high quality living. The residents of DoMUS have amenities that include a club room, a fitness club, and direct access to Milwaukee’s Riverwalk unlike any other housing property. The location of DoMUS allows residents to engage in the multifaceted Third Ward community.

The design had to achieve a refined experience from the building’s front lobby to the inside of the units so luxury living can be felt throughout all spaces in the building. The existing vernacular of the industrial warehouse exterior allowed the lobby finishes to follow the same language with exposed structural columns, natural wood elements, and steel features. The main lobby connects the Erie Street front to the Milwaukee Riverwalk, the transparency permits residents to enter through the street front or the river front. The lobby features a large steel and wood element to shield the mailboxes from the main thoroughfare. The wood slats use the same Wisconsin Urban Wood installed in the units. Opposite the steel and wood element are the elevators, clad in another wood to bring warmth and balance to the space. The wood cladded elevator wall, recessed ceiling with industrial style light fixtures, and plush, hospitality carpet inset are repeated elements seen on all levels in the elevator lobby. The club room is the social lounge of the building, designed to give the residents another space to gather and host guests. The club room connects to the Riverwalk with a terrace for outdoor cooking and enjoying one of Milwaukee’s best features, the bending river.


Milwaukee, WI

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132 units

  • IIDA Wisconsin 1st Place Residential 2018

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