New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff stops to smell the roses during his visit to Sanaa’s new Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art.
It is not architecture with a Big Message. It is about empathy for the human condition. Once you drift outside again, the tree branches seem to sway more gently, the light feels softer, the world more tender. Most important, you are more attuned to the distances between people. There are few higher compliments you could pay a building.
I grew up in Toledo, where the museum was one of my few cultural refuges, so I was a little disappointed I couldn’t make it back there for the opening. (Although I think my mom might be in that picture. Hi mom!) Ouourssoff’s review was glowing, and it’s great to see an amazing additon to what is already an incredibly impressive institution. A little more information and a couple construction photos from can be seen in my previous post on the Glass Pavilion.
Billboards Are Almost All Right
Meanwhile, on twitter…
Recent Life Without Buildings Posts
- Fulton Center is built in a transit vernacular that extrapolates the charm of a subway car to the scale and complexity of a Piranesian prison.
- Architecturally Ghostbusting World War II Bunkers
- The Map-maker of Gotham City
- Dr. No, Die Hard, and Deleuze: Mechanical Spaces and Movies
- From Bauhaus to Dollhouse: When Architects Think Small
- Edgar Allan Poe, Design Critic
- From Pits and Pendulums to Pastoral Porches: Edgar Allan Poe’s Bronx Getaway
- The Abandoned Cathedral
- Design Decoded: Building Better Bricks by Brewing Beer