suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
amy DEDONATO: The project proposes a contemporary art museum located next to Kahn’s renowned British Art Center at Yale University. Conceptually, the project is designed as a contemporary ‘wunderkammer’ – an open art warehouse that provokes curiosity and personal discovery of art objects within the building. An undulating ceiling coupled with a natural top lighting system begins to delineate space though structural densities, compressed zones, and fully enclosed spaces.
As a symbol of Yale’s contemporary addition to the museum network, a 9-story tower-like plinth connects the art warehouse with the back-of-house program. The tower core becomes a found art-object within the warehouse itself. Visitors are transported into the upper plinth for large scale, university-wide events with scenographic views of the city at large.
sP: What or who influenced the project:
aD: Sir John Soane’s House
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aD: Utopia’s Ghost – Reinhold Martin and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
sP: whose work is currently on my radar?
aD: James Stirling.