Across the street from Louis Kahn’s first significant piece of architecture stands his last. The Yale Center for British Art was completed in 1974, the year of Kahn’s death and 23 years after its neighbor, The Yale University Art Gallery was finished. A style and theoretical change throughout a career is visible in one scene. Unlike most galleries, the design prompt for the Yale’s British Art Gallery called for very specific needs. Being part of an educational institution the agenda called for several learning oriented spaces. The program consisted of stipulations for exhibition space and storage space for paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints; a rare book collection; a research library; a photograph archive; an auditorium; classrooms; workshops and offices; and conservation facilities.
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