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  • the yale contemporary

    christos bolos
    new haven CONNECTICUT

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    christos BOLOS: In considering a new museum for Yale’s campus to accompany Louis Kahn’s Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, the primary impetus was that contemporary art has necessitated such a museum be one for housing objects of radically different scales.


    Therefore, the motivation became to pursue a language of containers for the building, read clearly from both outside and in. The focus of the museum is a tripartite gallery organization, served by a central staircase. Each large gallery volume contains another, smaller volume within, allowing art to be displayed either in a more open, day lit environment, or in a precisely controlled, hermetic gallery. The various scales of exhibit space also account for the ranging sizes and types of art, for instance accommodating field conditions such as Roxy Paine’s Scumaks as easily as larger single objects like Gabriel Orozco’s Mobile Matrix. The formal language also incorporates a continuous dialog between interior and exterior by shifting the experience of occupying “solid” volumes, interstitial space, and rooftops as outdoor gallery space as one ascends.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    dW: Le Corbusier, Firminy Church, nuclear reactors, barnacles, Bordeaux Law Courts, Louis Kahn, Venturi/Scott Brown, Funchitecture

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    dW: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Brand New

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    dW: Tschumi, Herzog & de Meuron, FAT, Terunobu Fujimori

    Additional credits:

    Critic: Mark Gage

    TA: Cody Davis

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