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AD Classics: David S. Ingalls Skating Rink / Eero Saarinen

AD Classics: David S. Ingalls Skating Rink / Eero Saarinen
AD Classics: David S. Ingalls Skating Rink / Eero Saarinen

AD Classics: David S. Ingalls Skating Rink / Eero Saarinen AD Classics: David S. Ingalls Skating Rink / Eero Saarinen AD Classics: David S. Ingalls Skating Rink / Eero Saarinen AD Classics: David S. Ingalls Skating Rink / Eero Saarinen +10

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  • Location

    73 Sachem Street, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511, United States
  • Architect

     Eero Saarinen
  • References

    Yale
  • Project Year

    1958

From the architect. Built in 1958, the David S Ingalls Skating Rink is characterized by a sweeping domed roof, was designed by Yale graduate Eero Saarinen and is lovingly known as the Yale whale. 

This hockey rink contains a span 200 feet long by 85 feet wide and does so with a natural sense of flow and polish.

Though the rink is seemingly heavy and brutal it is truly a tensile structure. The main structure comes from a 290 foot long central arched backbone of reinforced concrete. 

From this central support the timber roof is “hung” on a cable net structure which gives it the signature double curve. Further cables running from the central arch to the outer edges of the building help stabilize the structure against wind loads.

The true beauty within the design found in its simplicity. Though it may look somewhat complex even in its symmetry, the main rink is simply a rectangular form with filleted edges. This adds emphasis and both literally and figuratively raises its roof to new heights.

The unfinished concrete of the main structure plays off of the color and texture of the oak roof, sweeping low between. The materials are punctuated by the glass curtain wall that is the main entrance.

The experience on the interior both reflects and refracts the image of the exterior. The underside of the oak roof adds a sense of scale and warmth. 

The directionality of the wooden slats trace the stresses of the drapery punctuated by the penetration of their concrete supports.

The sloping ramps of the interior trace the outside roof line and lead the viewer to inhabit the shape and feel of the structure. 

The vast expanse of the center of the dome rises 75 feet above the ice below. A somewhat cavernous sense is felt at the inhabitable levels and opens towards the center. As the roof slopes up as the stepped seat drops down.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Greg LeMaire. "AD Classics: David S. Ingalls Skating Rink / Eero Saarinen" 20 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/157708/ad-classics-david-s-ingalls-skating-rink-eero-saarinen/>
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Mariano Managò · November 07, 2013

uhhhh, that's the first time I notice that kenzo tange clearly got some ideas from here....

arquiteto geek · April 21, 2012

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Tim Thomas · September 23, 2011

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Nicholas Patten · September 22, 2011

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Gosia Kung, AIA · September 22, 2011

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Architecture · September 21, 2011

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brb001 · September 21, 2011

Is it really accurate to called it a "dome"?

Devin du Plessis · August 20, 2013 08:26 PM

A hyperbolic Parabaloid would be most accurate

Devin du Plessis · August 20, 2013 08:22 PM

Agreed it can't be called a dome. It would be called an anticlastic arch at a stretch because it's not quite an arch so probably just an anticlastic roof. The clever part is that the overall shape is rigid so it takes less sophisticated engineering than say Zaha Hadid.

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John-David Carling · September 21, 2011

I Played hockey here when I was a kid. Well before my architecture days and remember thinking how cool it felt being there.

A Wonderful Place!

YEN-YEN TEH · September 21, 2011

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