Yale Center For British Art
Architect: Louis I. Kahn
Location: New Haven, Connecticut, 1969-1974
Louis Kahn teamed up with Kelly to design a system of skylights for the illumination in the Yale Center for British Art. The design brief from the museum was that on sunny and overcast days the pictures were to be exclusively illuminated by daylight. Artificial lighting was only to be mixed in when there was very low daylight. The domed skylights feature a permanently mounted louvre construction on the topside, allowing diffuse northern light into the building while avoiding directly incident light on walls or floors when the sun is high. The skylights are made of an upper Plexiglas dome with UV-protection and a sandwich construction consisting of: a translucent plastic plate for dust protection, a mirror-finish light diffuser and a bi-laminar, acrylic, prismatic lens underneath. Tracks on the undersides of the domed skylights hold wallwashers and spotlights. The design process utilised computer calculations and full-scale models.