Glenstone Museum - The Pavilions

Glenstone Museum - The Pavilions

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The Pavilions, The second phase of the Glenstone Museum, features 204,000 square feet of galleries, a central water court, contemplative rooms, office space and a library. The owners wanted to build something lasting and of enduring value and to connect with the surrounding landscape. The Thomas Phifer team chose a custom-designed architectural precast façade consisting of over 23,000 interlocking blocks that form the exterior and interior walls.  These blocks are made from over 900 modeled elements all flexing to hundreds of lengths and were fabricated to an impressive tolerance of 1/32”. A custom GATE-engineered connection allowed for adjustment after installation so that the pieces could be more perfectly aligned with their 3/8” jointing. The as-cast precast finish enhances visitors’ experience while protecting the major artists’ work. The Pavilions won the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award, the most prestigious award in the 2019 PCI Design Awards.

 “This façade system offers durability and the natural variations and beauty exhibited in each specific panel."

 Travis Fox, Northeast Division VP, Operations


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