Optiwhite™ Used in Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion
The new Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art opened recently,
housing one of the world's finest international glass collections.
The outside walls and many of the interior walls of the building
were made using Pilkington Optiwhite™ low iron glass.
The Glass Pavilion, the first American project by architects Kazuyo
Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and their Tokyo firm, SANAA, uses 150,000
square feet of Pilkington Optiwhite low iron glass outlining the
"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. "It provides
visitors a crystal clear view of the impressive art collection in
The free-standing glass pavilion stands across from the Toledo
Museum's main building that contains an already impressive collection
of art. The pavilion will house the world's largest collection of
glass including the famous Libbey Glass Punch Bowl, donated by Edward
Drummond Libbey, founder of Toledo Museum of Art in 1901, and the
former Libbey-Owens-Ford Company.
The 15 feet tall structure is made of approximately 342 glass panels,
ranging in both size and curvature and has 76,000 square feet of
above ground and basement space. The main level not only includes
the large glass collection, but also the glass blowing studios,
which will be used by local artists and for classes. These studios
give visitors an intimate interaction with the glass blowing process.
Pilkington's building products North American headquarters is located
in Toledo, Ohio.
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