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Yale Center for British Art

by ArchitectureWeek

The Yale Center for British Art, in New Haven, Connecticut, is considered to be among the finest structures of noted architect Louis I. Kahn. Begun in 1973, one year before his death, and opened to the public in 1977, the museum was built to house the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom.

Its continuing influence on architectural thinking has now inspired the American Institute of Architects to give the building its 2005 AIA Twenty-five Year Award for Architecture of Enduring Significance. It is the fifth Kahn building to receive this award.

The AIA jury noted: "This building reflects Kahn's continuous search for simplicity and the use of daylight to define space. It is one of the quietest expressions of a great building ever seen so rewarding and exhilarating when you step inside. The materiality and the language of the wood, stainless steel, concrete, and natural linen is still a delight for the eye."   >>>

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Entrance portico of the Yale Center for British Art by Louis I. Kahn.
Photo: Richard Caspole

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The Yale Center's library court facing a cylindrical stairwell.
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