Saint-Gobain is celebrating its 350th anniversary with a touring exhibition called “Future Sensations,” which highlights innovations throughout the last three and a half centuries and looks at the innovations of the future. The exhibition will make four stops across the globe—in Shanghai, China; São Paulo, Brazil; Paris, France; and Philadelphia. The Philadelphia exhibit will be held May 30-June 6 at The Oval, located on the northwest end of the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

“Philadelphia is honored to serve as the flagship city in North America to help Saint-Gobain commemorate its historic milestone and the 15 generations of innovators responsible for the anniversary,” says Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “There is no mistaking the architectural influence Paris has had on Philadelphia, and now our city has the distinct privilege of hosting the ‘Future Sensations’ exhibition on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which was modeled on Paris’ own Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The latter is a remarkable nod to Saint-Gobain’s heritage given it was founded in 1665 to manufacture glass for the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.”

The exhibition consists of five pavilions highlighting architectural feats and the impact innovative building products have had on society, as well as the impact they’ll have in the future. Each of the five pavilions weighs between 20 and 50 metric tons, and they range in height from 13 to 32 feet. A total of 26 products from the Saint-Gobain family of companies are used in their construction.

“This exhibition will remind people of the strength that is acquired through 350 years of enduring, relevant innovations,” says John Crowe, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain and its North American construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed Corporation. “Pushing boundaries and rising to the challenges of the technological world has shaped our history and given us the conviction to believe in the future. ‘Future Sensations’ takes that optimism and enthusiasm for the building blocks of tomorrow and re-imagines it in a way that is uniquely Philadelphian in its focus and attitude. ”

According to a release from Saint-Gobain, the pavilions will consist of the following:

Pavilion 1 – A Reflection of Progress: The ‘Look’ pavilion is comprised of numerous mirrors inlaid with LEDs and is a tribute to Saint-Gobain’s tradition of glassmaking. By day, its exterior reflects the dynamic world around it; by night, it becomes a perpetually shifting cube of light.

Pavilion 2 – A New Sensation: The ‘Listen’ pavilion is a nod to the company’s acoustic performance materials. This ‘padded’ cube is sound insulated and uses sound-unique spatialization technology to take visitors on an interactive aural journey.

Pavilion 3 – The Stuff of Dreams: The ‘Color’ pavilion is a freestanding carousel made of two glazed mobile concentric rings with custom-contoured multicolored textures. A kaleidoscope on an epic scale, this slowly revolving installation transports visitors “into a dreamlike multicolored world.”

Pavilion 4 – The Art of the Matter: The ‘Create’ pavilion is “a true architectural feat – a seemingly perpetual spiral staircase that evokes the upward movement of mankind across the centuries.”

Pavilion 5 – History and Future: The final pavilion, exclusively designed for the Philadelphia exhibition, is a 70-foot dome offering an immersive 360-degree visual experience. Here, visitors can learn more about how Saint-Gobain innovations and employees have impacted the lives of everyday Americans. “Whether it is Delaware Valley-headquartered construction materials powerhouse CertainTeed, world-leader in abrasives Norton Company or the dynamic glass technology SAGE™, the full breadth of the North American portfolio will be on display in ways that will challenge and delight viewers, regardless of age or background.”