The building for Yale University’s School of Art and Iseman Theatre arts complex required a gut renovation to Louis I. Kahn’s Jewish Community Center of New Haven, as well as the design and construction of The Annex, a ground-up building connected by a courtyard to the existing structure. We carefully considered how to take spaces in the original building and turn them into hubs for specific arts disciplines.
Each program has a clear identity, while still being part of a whole. The photography department now occupies the old pool area; graphic design is in the former gymnasium; the School of Drama is in the auditorium; art galleries use a pair of joined, double-height handball courts. New architectural detailing and materials are specially designed to withstand the wear and tear of making art.
Original Architect of 1156 Chapel Street – Louis I. Kahn, 1954
Deborah Berke Partners
Robert Silman Associates
R.A. Heintges Consultants
Curtain Wall Consultant
Jaffe Holden Scarbrough
Fisher Dachs Associates
Gary Gordon Architectural Lighting