Glass Pavilion. Sanaa architects. Toledo. 2006

Sanaa, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryūe Nishizawa,

Toledo, Spain,



Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Riyu Nishizawa designed the glass pavilion for the Toledo Art Museum.

Glass Pavilion. Sanaa architects. Toledo. 2006 Glass workshops and exhibition spaces are contained in a structure which is itself made of glass, further underlining the material's qualities and properties.
The new spaces are to contain international glass art collections, in a homage to the glassmaking tradition of this city. Unfortunately many of the panels used to make the Glass Pavilion could not be made in the city, as many of its glassworks have been shut down. The biggest panels, measuring almost 3 metres wide and 4 metres high, were made in Germany and processed in China.
But glass was used not only as a homage to the local glassmaking tradition: the architects and their clients wanted to create a structure that would fit almost invisibly into its context . The area is surrounded by natural and artificial elements worthy of protection: the centuries-old oaks in the park and the district's Victorian houses. This is why the building is only 4.5 metres high, and half of the new pavilion's 70 thousand square metres are underground.
Its structure is designed to create a visual continuum between indoors and outdoors, with a series of courtyards divided by clear walls and façades made entirely out of glass panels. The same concept was applied to the roof, a thin plate that does not interfere with either the natural or the built environment.

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