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Architect Louis I. Kahn
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Location New Haven, Connecticut   map
Date 1951 to 1954   timeline
Building Type art gallery and design center
 Construction System site-cast concrete, curtain wall infill, brick
Climate temperate
Context urban campus
Style Modern
Notes At Yale University. Triangular waffle slab floors, formed with tetrahedral pans.
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Discussion University Art Center Commentary

Ambiguous functional requirements, a building to house architectural studios as well as a portion of the University's art collection led Kahn to the creation of a highly flexible space. Pushing technology, Kahn implemented a tetrahedral waffle-slab that formed both the floor of one room and the ceiling of another. Adequate space for building services, including an extensive air-conditioning system, provided a functional basis for this sweeping spatial gesture. The resulting space, enclosing a circulation core, remained free from strict wall definition while retaining elegance through exhaustive material detailing.

— Darlene Levy
References
Patricia Cummings Loud. The Art Museums of Louis I. Kahn. p79-80
Romaldo Giurgola and Jaimini Mehta. Louis I. Kahn. p62.

"Thus the commission brought about Kahn's discovery of structure, materials, and, perhaps most important, the power of the forms he was capable of creating. The Yale Art Gallery served to catalyze many of his basic ideas and beliefs about architecture, both in words and in work."

— Patricia Cummings Loud. The Art Museums of Louis I. Kahn. p92.

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American Institute of Architects 25 Year Award, 1979

Resources
Sources on University Art Center

"Kahn's Yale University Art Gallery", by Jeffry Kieffer, ArchitectureWeek No. 105, 2002.0710, pC1.1.

Jeffry Kieffer. Readings from the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn. Xlibris Corp., December 2001. ISBN 1401009964. — Available at Amazon.com

Patricia Cummings Loud. The Art Museums of Louis I. Kahn. USA: Duke University Press, 1989. ISBN 0-8223-0998-X. LC 89-51072. NA6695.L69 1989. extensive discussion, p52-99.

Romaldo Giurgola and Jaimini Mehta. Louis I. Kahn. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1976. ISBN 0-89158-502-8. LC 75-19210. NA737.K32G58 1975. p9-10, 62.

Vincent Scully, Jr. Louis I. Kahn. New York: George Braziller, 1962. LC 62-16265. NA737.K32S38. p113-114.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. interior photo, p199. — Available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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