I promised you I would try my best to feature projects in places besides New York and California. The Toledo Museum of Art opened The Toledo Glass Pavilion one month ago to rave reviews. The pavilion is made of glass and steel, and houses a collection of over 7,000 pieces of glassware, as well as glass blowing studio classrooms ("hot shops"). The building was designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, lead architects of the firm SANAA based in Tokyo.
Writing for The L.A. Times , Christopher Hawthorne raves:
Though it looks superficially the same, Minimalist architecture deserving of the name pares itself down not in the pursuit of style points but in an effort to frame the relationship between solid and void, nature and culture, and color and its absence — and to explore how the eye sees and the mind understands those differences.
SANAA’s $30-million building in Toledo, which will open to the public on Sunday, qualifies on all those counts, and as such — despite its modest size of 76,000 square feet, half of which is buried in a basement level — it packs a significant architectural punch. Even more successfully than Yoshio Taniguchi’s 2004 renovation of the Museum of Modern Art, which lacks its fluidity and economy, the Glass Pavilion offers a resounding response to the idea that museums, in an era of never-ending expansion, need to deploy formally aggressive, eye-catching architecture to stay competitive.
In the words of Chrissie Hynde (minus the sarcasm), I said a Hey, Oh, Way to Go Ohio!
Photo from Guy Nordenson and Associates , who were the Structural Engineers for this Project