Housing one of the world's finest international glass collections, the new Glass Pavilion™ at the Toledo Museum of Art opened in August. The outside walls and many of the interior walls of the building were made using Pilkington Optiwhite™ low iron glass.
The new Glass Pavilion™, the first American project by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and their Tokyo firm, SANAA, Ltd., uses 150,000 square feet of Pilkington Optiwhite™ low iron glass to outline the building's sleek perimeter.
"The architects chose Pilkington Optiwhite™ because of its versatility and practically colorless properties," said Stephen Weidner, Pilkington North America vice president of sales and marketing. The glass center houses more than 5,000 pieces of glass from ancient to contemporary times, including the famous Libbey Glass Punch Bowl, donated by Edward Drummond Libbey, founder of Toledo Museum of Art in 1901 and one of the founding fathers of Libbey-Owens-Ford. The 15 feet tall structure is made of approximately 342 glass panels, ranging in both size and curvature. It has 76,000 square feet of above ground and basement space. The main level includes both the large glass collection and a glass blowing studio which will be used by local artists and for classes.