May 5, 2009

With important architectural contributions by Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph, Eero Saarinen, Gordon Bunshaft, Phillip Johnson, and many other noteworthy architects, Yale University is no stranger to design. In fact, the school is often thought of as a sort of living museum of architecture. Today, this tradition continues. Not only does the University commission new buildings, they also have a healthy respect for their own history and constantly work to preserve their architectural landscape. So it's with one eye toward the past and one eye firmly set on the future that Yale University is stressing sustainable restorations and building practices. Four projects, in various stages of completion, embody this new and responsible approach to campus design: The restorations of the David S. Ingalls Rink and Stoeckel Hall, the recently built Kroon Hall, and the new sculpture studio and art gallery.

Kroon Hall at Yale.

4 / 6
ingalls 2

Designed in 1956 by Eero Saarinen, the swooping concrete roof of the Ingalls Rink has earned it the local nickname "The Yale Whale." The building is now in the final phase of a multimillion dollar restoration by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates that includes the addition of Low-E insulating glass and other changes designed to address the effects of the environment.

ingalls 1

Built in 1897, Stoeckel Hall was designed in an eclectic mix of styles that ranged from the Gothic to the Federal. Its renovation and new addition provides an expanded and up-to-date facility for the School of Music.

Although no drastic sustainability measures were taken, the new Stoeckel Hall is expected to achieve a LEED Gold rating. New fixtures, new ventilation strategies, the reuse of existing materials when possible, and clever construction management strategies all contribute to the building's rating. Says architect Richard Charney: "It has been both challenging and exhilarating to work on this project, at once preserving a historic structure—one that boasts a unique nineteenth-century facade in the city of New Haven—and creating a new and fully up-to-date facility.”

Kroon Hall at Yale.

The "ultra green" new building Kroon Hall</a> is the new sustainable feather in the University's cap. Housing the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the building uses 50% less energy than comparable structures and is expected to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. The school was sited and designed by Hopkins Architects of Great Britain to take advantage of passive heating and cooling and will use sustainable environmental systems when necessary. Other sustainable features include a 100-kilowatt array of photovoltaic panels, solar-heated water, a rain harvesting system, and the use of post-industrial recycled concrete mix as well as sustainably farmed wood from local forests.

p sculpture 11

Another recent sustainable additional to the campus is the Yale University School of Art. The 55,000 sq ft sculpture studio and 2,800 sq ft gallery is a beautiful integration of beauty, function, and sustainability. Contributing to these three characteristics—including the LEED Platinum rating— is the studio's triple-glazed curtain wall and accompanying sun-shading system. Native landscaping and a green roof frame the Kieran Timberlake-designed structure, which is kept comfortable by a displacement ventilation system. The sculpture studio has become a new center of activity for the School of Art.

Yale Sculpture Building and 736549
These projects are all part of Yale University's ambitious goal to create a fully "sustainable campus" (whatever that means these days) and a 43% reduction in university emissions by 2020. An admirable goal to be sure, but perhaps more important than that, these new structures continue Yale's tradition of architectural excellence. A campus with a deep sense of history that manages to adapt to change and express itself with an evolving architectural profile.

All photos are from the architects websites.

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

You don’t have to choose between sustainable energy and curb appeal.
July 19, 2016
jakemagnus queensland 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
July 06, 2016
content delzresidence 013 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 29, 2016
abc malacari marwick stair 01 0
A simple set of stairs is a remodel’s backbone.
June 28, 2016
Design Award of Excellence winner Mellon Square.
Docomomo US announces the winners of this year's Modernism in America Awards. Each project showcases exemplary modern restoration techniques, practices, and ideas.
June 27, 2016
monogram dwell sf 039 1
After last year’s collaboration, we were excited to team up with Monogram again for the 2016 Monogram Modern Home Tour.
June 27, 2016
switch over chicago smart renovation penthouse deck smar green ball lamps quinze milan lounge furniture garapa hardwood
A strategic rewire enhances a spec house’s gut renovation.
June 26, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent coralie gourguechon treviso italy cphotos by coralie gourguechon co produced by isdat planche anatomique de haut parleur1
Coralie Gourguechon's paper objects will make you see technology in a whole new way.
June 26, 2016
green machine smart home aspen colorado facade yard bocci deck patio savant
Smart technology helps a house in Aspen, Colorado, stay on its sustainable course.
June 25, 2016
Compact Aglol 11 television plastic brionvega.
The aesthetic appeal of personal electronics has long fueled consumer interest. A new industrial design book celebrates devices that broke the mold.
June 25, 2016
modern backyard deck ipe wood
An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.
June 24, 2016
dscf5485 1
Today, we kicked off this year’s annual Dwell on Design at the LA Convention Center, which will continue through Sunday, June 26th. Though we’ve been hosting this extensive event for years, this time around is particularly special.
June 24, 2016
under the radar renovation napa
Two designers restore a low-slung midcentury gem in Napa, California, by an unsung Bay Area modernist.
June 24, 2016
Exterior of Huneeus/Sugar Bowl Home.
San Francisco–based designer Maca Huneeus created her family’s weekend retreat near Lake Tahoe with a relaxed, sophisticated sensibility.
June 24, 2016
light and shadow bathroom walnut storage units corian counter vola faucet
A Toronto couple remodel their home with a special emphasis on a spacious kitchen and a material-rich bathroom.
June 24, 2016
Affordable home in Kansas City living room
In Kansas City, an architecture studio designs an adaptable house for a musician on a budget.
June 23, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment oak vertical slats office
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece.
June 23, 2016
kitchen confidential tiles custom cabinetry oak veneer timber house
A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home.
June 23, 2016
feldman architecture 0
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
June 22, 2016
Blackened timber Dutch home
A modern dwelling replaces a fallen farmhouse.
June 22, 2016
hillcrest house interior kitchen 3
Seeking an escape from bustling city life, a Manhattan couple embarks on a renovation in the verdant Hudson Valley.
June 22, 2016
Atelier Moderno renovated an old industrial building to create a luminous, modern home.
June 21, 2016
San Francisco floating home exterior
Anchored in a small San Francisco canal, this floating home takes its cues from a classic city habitat.
June 21, 2016
modern renovation addition solar powered scotland facade steel balcony
From the bones of a neglected farmstead in rural Scotland emerges a low-impact, solar-powered home that’s all about working with what was already there.
June 21, 2016
up in the air small space new zealand facade corrugated metal cladding
An architect with a taste for unconventional living spaces creates a small house at lofty heights with a starring view.
June 21, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent marjan van aubel london cwai ming ng current window
Marjan Van Aubel makes technology a little more natural.
June 21, 2016
urban pastoral brooklyn family home facade steel cypress double
Building on the site of a former one-car garage, an architect creates his family’s home in an evolving neighborhood of Brooklyn.
June 20, 2016
Modern Brooklyn backyard studio with plexiglass skylight, green roof, and cedar cladding facade
In a Brooklyn backyard, an off-duty architect builds a structure that tests his attention to the little things.
June 20, 2016
the outer limits paris prefab home living area vertigo lamp constance guisset gijs bakker strip tablemetal panels
In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.
June 20, 2016
When a garage damaged by termites had to go, a studio emerges.
June 19, 2016