YALE Art & Architecture building is one of the best known brutalist structures in America and possibly one of the earliest examples. It sits awkwardly on the corner of a street in New Haven, Connecticut but kind of warms to the surrounding environment with it’s masses of textured concrete and steel-framed windows. It was designed by Paul Rudolph and showed Modern Architecture how to find its way out of the dull design of the late 1950’s.
Huge wharfs of brushed concrete rise above the neighbouring buildings, interjected by heavy slabs crossed with thinner waifs. This complex structure also shaped the interior of the building and as you go round you can see the dramatic scapes and levels which make this building so special. The concrete inside was cast in place and bush-hammered to expose the aggregate – forming pretty cool indentations and lines.
I guess what I love most about this building is its genuine personality, from its wrinkles to its subtle red tones and accents throughout the interior. It isn’t trying to be “something” and it’s honest, just how brutalist buildings should be.