New glazing revives Wexner Center for the Arts
The original glazing systems “let in too much light, were unable to maintain gallery-required temperature range, and there were leaks when it rained. It got to the point where they felt like they couldn’t display artwork in the facility. … We had to rebuild the whole system and make it look exactly like it did before.”—Neil McClelland, associate façade engineer, Arup
The basics: Overhaul of 16-year-old Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University focused on taking advantage of recent advancements in glass and glazing technology to recreate Eisenman’s vision, flooding gallery areas with light, but not compromising artwork by allowing heat gain, excess humidity and leaks. Completed October 2005; cost $15.8 million.