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Yale Center for British Art

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Louis Kahn
location Connecticut, New Haven
function library, museum
contributed by thom

The Yale Center for British Art was the last building of Louis Kahn and was completed after Kahn's death. The fa├žade is constructed of matte steel and glass with visible timber blinds behind. The beautifully detailed interior finishes are travertine marble, white oak, and Belgian linen. The plan is based on a 20-foot-square grid, which creates a linear series of rectangular gallery spaces arranged around two inner courts which, like the entire top floor, are naturally lit from above through a coffered skylight system. One court forms the entrance foyer and one a main three-storey high gallery space with large paintings. The interior of the building is a calm, light-filled space. The exposed concrete structure with oak paneled inserts creates a rich materiality and reinforces the human scale of the gallery.

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Yale Center for British Art
Chapel Street 1080
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17.00 / Sunday: 12:00 - 17.00 / Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is free.
How to get there? From I-91 and I-95, take the Downtown New Haven exit onto 34 West. From 34 West, take exit 3. Turn right at the first light onto York Street. Proceed two and a half blocks to the Center's parking lot on the right, across from the Chapel-York Garage. Parking is available for a small fee. Buses are available from New Haven train station to Yale University.
Completion 1974
ArchitectLouis Kahn
Project ID 3493
Latitude/Longitude 41°18'28N 72°55'51W
Contributed by thom
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