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Arts Complex at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Tuesday 15 Jan 2008

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Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. Photograph Jock Pottel 
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Gwathmey Siegel to expand Yale School of Art and Architecture 

The building that many consider to be the most significant work of architect Paul Rudolph, Yale University’s storied Art and Architecture, is to undergo a comprehensive restoration as part of the University’s plan to create a new arts complex that will also include an expanded art and architecture library and a new facility for the History of Art department. The restoration and the new work are being carried out by the New York-based Gwathmey Siegel & Associates. Charles Gwathmey, who received his Master of Architecture from Yale in 1962 while Rudolph was chairman of the School of Architecture, will lead the project Work on the Rudolph building will restore the open nature of the building’s interior, which has been marred over the years by ill-placed partitions. The building will also undergo a complete updating and strive for a LEED Silver rating. The new 87,000 square foot History of Art building will be added to the right of the Rudolph building. To be clad in limestone and zinc, it will provide expanded teaching and lecture spaces, student and faculty support spaces and a rooftop terrace. The two buildings will be linked by an expanded art and architecture library to be located at the ground floor. The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2008.

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