Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (New Haven, CT) : Detail, trapezoidal shaped grid holding marble panels on facade

Creator:
Bunshaft, Gordon, 1909-1990
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1939-
Published/Created:
Hewitt Quadrangle, Beinecke Plaza; 121 Wall Street, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
1960-1963
Physical Description:
125,262 ft2 (area)
Date Depicted:
6/14/2008
Materials:
granite; concrete; glass; marble panels; bronze
Notes:
It is the largest building in the world reserved exclusively for the preservation of rare books and manuscripts. The six-story above-ground building is supported on four massive piers at the corners of the building, which descend 50 feet to bedrock. The books stacks are contained within a glass-enclosed tower in the center of the building (closed stacks only); materials are brought to patrons by staff in the basement level ("court level") reading room, which is ringed with windows and lit by the courtyard which opens into the plaza, surrounded with a low wall. There is another basement level for staff. The lobby area around the glass tower is used for exhibits. The interior is lit in part by the translucent marble slabs, which transmit an amber glow.
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Twentieth century
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
1A1-SOM-BRB-A22
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
libraries (buildings) (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
buildings; libraries (buildings)
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Addition Module Eight
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
6/14/2008 12:00:00 AM
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2013; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4654
OID:
10898961
PID:
digcoll:1806724