Toledo Glass Pavilion

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.

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    Jimmy Stamp

    Jimmy Stamp is a freelance writer, researcher, and recovering architect. He has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Smithsonian, The Journal of Architectural Education, and many other websites and publications. His first book Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale comes out in spring 2016. If you're looking for writer with a penchant for Piranesi and pop culture, or if you just want to say hi, you can find him on twitter @LifeSansBldgs or instagram or email him at

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