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Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art / SANAA

Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art / SANAA
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Location: Toledo, Ohio, USA Client: Toledo Museum of Art Architect: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA Team: Toshi Oki, Takayuki Hasegawa, Keiko Uchiyama, Mizuki Imamura, Tetsuo Kondo, Junya Ishigami Built area: 7,000sqm Site area: 20,000sqm Opening: 2006 Structure: Guy Nordenson & Associates / SAPS Glass consultant: Front Inc Lighting: Arup / Kilt Planning Photos: Iwan Baan

The annex to the Toledo Museum of Art is both an exhibition space for the museum’s glass collection, and a glass making facility. Conceived as a single one-story volume penetrated by courtyards with sightlines through layers of transparent walls, the visitorís experience will always involve the surrounding greenery.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Individually, each space is enclosed in clear glass, resulting in cavity walls that act as buffer zones between different climates; museum exhibition spaces, the glass making hot-shop, and the outdoors.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The plan is derived from a grid of various rectilinear shapes reflecting programmatic adjacencies, with room-to-room connections achieved using curving glass surfaces. Glass is wrapping the spaces forming continuous elevations, uninterrupted by corners. The visitor flows with the form through a series of interconnected bubbles.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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    Cite: David Basulto. "Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art / SANAA" 28 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/54199/glass-pavilion-at-the-toledo-museum-of-art-sanaa-pritzker-prize-2010/> ISSN 0719-8884
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