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Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery in Dearborn, Michigan by James Carpenter Design Associates

 
February 11th, 2018 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: James Carpenter Design Associates

As part of his encyclopedic collection of American industry and ingenuity, Henry Ford transported this machine shop from New England to this site within the Liberty Craftworks at Greenfield Village, where it houses the museum’s glass gallery. JCDA’s renewal of the building articulates the site, connecting the gallery entrance to the hot shop by rotating the vestibule to face it.

The Added Architectural Features Are Clearly Distinguished From The Existing, Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

  • Architects: James Carpenter Design Associates
  • Project: Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery
  • Location: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan, USA
  • Photography: James Haeffner
  • Client: Henry Ford Museum
  • General Contractor: O’Neal Construction
  • Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann and Partner / Beckett & Raeder

Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

Embodying the recently expanded collection’s combination of art glass and industrial glass, the vestibule’s large structural glass castings reference the building’s masonry structure and use of optical glass commonly used in the 19th century, such as Luxfer sidewalk prisms and glass roof tiles such as the ones at the Greenfield Village, Thomas Edisdon’s Menlo Park Glass House.

Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

The Entry Vestibule Is Oriented To Face The Hot Shop, Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

The gallery interior layers monochromatic wall and ceiling treatments over the existing structure, transforming the gallery space is into a muted jewel box. At the back of the building, a new punched opening brings in daylight to help naturally illuminate the glassworks on display. The simple expression of the space and its structure highlights the color and brilliance of the glass collection.

Structural Cast Glass Vestibule, Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

South Entry At Dusk, Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

The gallery’s blend of art, science, and technological innovation embraces the notion of glass as a medium for creative expression allied with the technical developments of industrial production.

Unified Interior Finishes Highlight The Art Glass, Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

Refined Casework Focuses Attention On Collection, Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

Structural Cast Glass Vestibule, Image Courtesy © James Haeffner

Site Plan, Image Courtesy © James Carpenter Design Associates

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