Art and Architecture Building, Yale University

Paul Rudolph
1958




Inspired both by Wright's Larkin Building and Le Corbusier's La Tourette, this sculptural building has been criticized for "style at the expense of content" (Susan Sontag). The asymmetrical building, on an asymmetrical site (a corner), dominates the setting with its bold towers, housing mechanical services, and huge slabs bridging the towers. The building has also been criticized for its lack of functionality and "mysterious" plan--39 different levels on seven stories.

 

The large scale entrance

 

A detail of the front and the exposed aggregrate of striated concrete

 

Views of the side




Other Rudolph buildings on this site include: Jewett Art Center, Wellesley College, State Health, Education and Welfare Services Center, and the Temple Street Parking Garage.



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