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2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR ARCHITECTURE RECIPIENT

Architecture

 

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Interior Architecture

 

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Regional & Urban Design

Yale University Art Gallery, Kahn Building Renovation


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Notes of Interest

Completed in 1953, the Kahn Building is widely considered to be the visionary American architect’s first masterpiece and a significant turning point in the history of American museum architecture. Constructed of masonry, glass, and steel, the building has been acclaimed for the bold geometry of its design, its daring use of space and light, and its technical innovations.

The renovation of the landmark building reestablishes its original purity and integrity, restoring many original design features that had become altered or obscured over the years. Roofed over in the 1970’s to create additional gallery space, an exterior courtyard has been restored as an open exterior sculpture space. On the second and third floors, extraneous partitions have been removed, and the individual galleries are now revealed in spacious, unobstructed vistas according to Kahn’s original vision.

Architect

Polshek Partnership Architects

Owner

Yale University Art Gallery

Location

New Haven

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Associate Firm

Wolf & Company
Robert Schwartz & Associates
Shen Milsom & Wilke
Hughes Associates

Engineer

Robert Silman Associates PC
Altieri Sebor Wieber Consulting Engineers
David DeLong

General Contractor

Barr & Barr Builders

Landscape Architect

Towers | Golde

Photo Credit

© Elizabeth Felicella


JURY COMMENTS

This preserves a modern
masterpiece by Louis I.
Kahn, but the award here
honors a superior
commitment to preservation
on the part of its parent
institution and an especially
skillful repair by the
architect's team. The
restored building sparkles
with the original intent,
bringing out its best.
Leaving no new design
'fingerprints' on this
building was indeed
difficult, but was done here
with aplomb.

The architectural clarity of
the building had been
greatly compromised over
the years… The original
intent is now, once again,
perfectly clear.

A masterful response to the
work of a master.


2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR ARCHITECTURE JURY


Richard L. Maimon, AIA (Chair)
KieranTimberlake
Philadelphia

Jeanne Gang, FAIA
Studio/Gang Architects
Chicago

Sam Grawe
Dwell
/At Home in the Modern World Magazines
San Francisco

Jeffrey Lee, FAIA
Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee P.A.
Raleigh

Justine N. Lewis
AIAS Representative
Atlanta

Miguel A. Rivera Agosto, AIA
Miró Rivera Architects
Austin

Mark Simon, FAIA
Centerbrook Architects & Planners
Centerbrook, Connecticut

H. Ruth Todd, AIA
Page & Turnbull Architects
San Francisco

 

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