The Yale University Art Gallery

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The Yale University Art Gallery was founded in 1833 when John Trumbull donated to the University a collection of over 100 paintings of the American Revolution. The original building was raised in 1901. Currently the gallery, considered to be the oldest in the western hemisphere houses a huge collection of art occupying several buildings of the University. The Main building of the Gallery was built in 1953, and was among the very first designs of Louis Kahn who taught architecture at Yale. Kahn sought to give the modern post WWII architecture a monumentality, when designing the gallery. His choice of materials such as heavily textured bricks and bare concrete contrasts with the much more delicate and refined surfaces inside the build as well as the huge glass windows lined by steel. On the outside the buildings ' simple, plain deprived of any architectural detail walls sharply contrast against the other Neo-gothic buildings of the University. The entrance is hidden in a niche on the side of the building, surrounded by multitude of glass fenestrations. After stepping through the door, the visitor finds himself in an large, open space surrounded with loft like areas. In the background visible are the core circulation elements such as the main stair case, which also acts as a sculpture, the elevator and the mechanical core. The ceiling in some of the rooms looks like a cement waffle. Along with the elements of concrete and steel, the hollow- tetrahedral space frames give the

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