Good architecture deserves a toast.
Great architecture is downright chug-worthy and BUILDINGS+BEERS is here to oblige with a couple amazing buildings, here in Ohio.
Don’t miss their photos of the beautiful Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion and their notes (below) on The University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts shown above.
Monument: The University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts
Location: Toldeo, Ohio
Architect: Gehry Partners
The Center for Visual Arts, a distinct contrast to the Toldeo Art Museum’s 1912 neoclassical building and home to the University of Toledo’s art department, is the first of two buildings designed by Pritzker laureates commissioned by the institution (the Glass Pavilion being the second). Gehry’s sculptural design, clad in lead-coated copper, was chosen just months after the architect received architecture’s greatest honor with the intention of reinforcing the museum’s world-class reputation.
As with many of the projects in Gehry’s oeuvre, the CVA has attracted some controversy despite coming in under budget and adequately providing for the department’s studios, classrooms, and offices (unlike the ill-fated American Center). Expecting the investment to be too costly, the committee responsible for selecting the architect downsized the facility’s program from 80,000 ft2 to the current 51,000 ft2 which the department has outgrown some five years ago. Although Gehry’s design did account for a future expansion, critics say a less iconic architect could have been chosen to fulfill the department’s needs initially- once again stirring the ever present debate concerning the architect’s role in society.
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