The Glass Pavilion's Wayfinding

Graphic designer Alex Lin is the author of the signage and wayfinding of The Glass Pavilion, Japanese design firm SANAA's first building in the United States, housing the Toledo Museum of Arts’s entire glass collection.

Since the near total of the pavilion's interior and exterior walls are made of glass, the resulting visual noise for the visitor is extreme. In response to that, two basic rules were developed for all signage: if on the ground, it would be dark gray; everything else would be white.

Respectful of SANAA's well-known understated architecture, Lin's signage and iconography is a work of subtlety, mindful of its surroundings, light and whimsical.

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