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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Today's archidose #537

Here are a few photos of the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut by Louis I. Kahn, 1974. Photographs are by Xavier de Jauréguiberry.

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT

And a couple photos of the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, also by Kahn, 1953. Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects) renovated restored the building in 2006. Photographs are also by Xavier de Jauréguiberry.

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

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11 comments:

  1. James - Restoration is actually more accurate. A slip on my part.

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  2. Gorgeous photos, but these are two different buildings. The upper three photos are of the Yale Center for British Art, also by Kahn, also sublime.

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  3. David's spot on. I think there is also a new and old part of the Yale Art Gallery, and the old part is still under serious renovation (and has been for a couple of years).

    Here is a picture showing the exteriors of both: http://blog.designpublic.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/800px-yale_university_art_gallery_exterior.jpg

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  4. An off day for me, apparently. The two types of waffle slabs -- square and triangular -- should have been a tip-off. Thanks for clarifying.

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  5. No worries, John. That ceiling at the Art Gallery addition is worth a post all by itself. It's a kind of tetrahedral space frame that's mostly void, and which allows all the mechanical and electrical services to run through it. I think the structure was designed by Anne Tyng (it's similar to the triangulated structure of their city tower project) and the relationship between structure and services was one of the first places Kahn really thought through the servant-served relationship in section. There's a progression from there, through the Richards Labs, to the Salk.

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  6. The post is still a little confusing. Aren't the top pictures of the British Center and the bottom ones of the Art Museum?

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  7. Geez! I should really know better. Looks like a trip to Yale is in order to sort out my Kahn buildings.

    The post has been fixed...I hope for the last time.

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  8. My knowlegde and full appreciation of building design are lacking. My thought however is ample spacing is important but it appears to be more than necessary, a bit too open leaving a somewhat void feeling. Nonetheless what the designer accomplished is more than what I might do in three lifetimes.

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  9. Here the interesting landscape decision

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