Toledo Glass Pavilion

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The Glass Pavilion in Toledo offers an interesting and daring approach to building, especially since every wall is made of glass. Before the trip, we were amazed that this seemingly delicate building could support the weight of a ceiling without breaking. From our history lessons last semester about the Iron Age, we figured the building would mainly be supported by the iron inlays between the glass. Once we got there though, we realized that there are small columns throughout the space that carry the weight. Also, the ceiling is kept thin and light by placing all important machinery underground.

A great feature of the pavilion is that natural light is able to penetrate every space within it. This allows for less artificial lighting and, in turn, wiring, which would be impossible to hide inside a glass wall.

-Seo Jung, Stephanie, Rene


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