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Yale University Art Gallery

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

The Yale University Art Gallery was Louis Kahn's first major commission and is considered his first masterpiece. The Gallery was designed whilst Kahn was a visiting critic at the Yale School of Architecture. The building is constructed of brick, concrete, glass and steel and was a significant departure from the dominant neo-gothic style of the Yale University campus. From the street the building appears as a monolithic windowless brick façade. The entrance and glazed façade opposite the Art and Architecture building by Paul Rudolph are beautifully proportioned and detailed. The interior of the building is characterised by a precast concrete ceiling system which houses the gallery lighting and ventilation. The ceiling was an innovative structural and engineering system of hollow concrete tetrahedrons that combine a number of functions and give the interiors a rich and moody quality.

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Yale University Art Gallery
Chapel Street 1111
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17.00 / Thursday: 10.00 - 20.00 (September - June) / Sunday: 13.00 - 18.00 / The Gallery is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free.
How to get there? From I-95, take Exit 47 Downtown New Haven. Stay on Rt 34 to the third and final exit and turn right on York Street at the first intersection. The Gallery entrance is at the corner of Chapel and York Streets. From I-91, take Exit 1 Downtown New Haven. Buses and Taxis are available from Union Station, New Haven.
Completion 1953
ArchitectLouis Kahn
Project ID 3496
Latitude/Longitude 41°18'30N 72°55'52W
Contributed by thom
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