Located across the street from SANAA’s Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art is Frank Gehry’s Center for the Visual Arts. Completed in 1993 to house the University of Toledo Department of Art as well as the Toledo Museum of Art's Reference Library, the four story, L-shaped fortress like building is a prime example of postmodern Deconstructivism.
The Center for the Visual Arts is physically connected to the east end of the Toledo Museum of Art by means of a student art gallery. This connection not only creates a courtyard between the two buildings, it provides a unique opportunity for the students -- the ability to incorporate the Museum’s collections into their studies.
Gehry used a lead-copper coated skin and green tinted windows to relate the Center for the Visual Arts to the main Museum. Although these materials contrast with the marble facade of the Museum, they relate perfectly to the Museum's green patina roof. The green tinted curtain walls, window, and skylights also frame unique exterior views while flooding the interior spaces with natural light.
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