Project name: SANAA Glass Pavilion in Toledo
Located in Toledo, Ohio’s fourth largest city, this glass pavilion was designed by Japanese office SANAA, wishing to create a glass pavilion housing exhibition spaces, two hotspots and several additional workshops. Toledo used to be famous for its glass-manufacturing industry, which today has disappeared. Rectangular in plan, SANAA sub-divided the pavilion into circular glass spaces housing different occupations. In between each pods are corridors which serve as circulation spaces, adding a level of insulate nature through this double layer. By using glass as the main material here, SANAA have achieved a high level of transparency, putting emphasis on the surrounding landscape and nature, a feature commonly found in their architecture.
All the servicing for the hotspurs and other requirements of the building have been buried underground and within the thick floor slab, in order to allow free circulation and fluidity in plan. In this way, glass takes a prominent position in this pavilion and creates sub-spaces between these pods.
Sources: ArchDaily, Domus.
Image credits: SANAA / Iwan Baan