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Yale School of Architecture

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Paul Rudolph
location Connecticut, New Haven
function education, library, university
contributed by thom

Paul Rudolph's masterpiece, the Yale School of Architecture (Art and Architecture Building) at Yale University, is a spatially complex building which includes 37 level changes and numerous spatial devices to allow views and light through the building into the various studio and gallery spaces. The exterior of the building is constructed of bush-hammered concrete which exposes the aggregate and controls staining and discoloration. The interior of the building is predominantly concrete in a variety of finishes and textures with orange highlights used for carpets and soft furnishings. The planning of the building and arrangement of spaces was intended 'to excite and challenge the occupants'. Level and ceiling changes rather than walls are used to define different functional areas and circulation and create dramatic lighting effects. At an urban scale the building was intended to respond to the corner site and views from the surrounding streets.

BigGuy says:

Although less than six stories tall, the exterior windows can only be cleaned by guys in cherry pickers. Those 37 different levels in less than six stores are very difficult to clean.

The occupants of the building were NEVER excited by it. Students tried to burn the place down. Faculty initially blocked the firemen who arrived to put out the fire.
davidb says:
I haven't had a chance to visit this building yet, but I believe Thom is correct. This is a masterpiece. Rudolph was one of the greatest architects of his day. A true master of space. I'm lead to believe his reputation was destroyed overnight by comments from Venturi back in the 1970s! Come on America! Come on World - recognise Rudolph for the true genius he was!
Kingswinford, United Kingdom 03-Jan-11
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Yale School of Architecture
York Street 180
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours The gallery space is open during the week. Please contact the Architecture School on 203.432.2288 for visitor information.
How to get there? The Art and Architecture Building is located on the grounds of Yale University. Buses are available from New Haven train station to the University.
Completion 1963
ArchitectPaul Rudolph
Project ID 3490
Latitude/Longitude 41°18'31N 72°55'54W
Contributed by thom
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