Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ingalls Rink

David S. Ingalls Rink is a hockey rink in New Haven, CT designed by architect Eero Saarinen and built between 1953 and 1958 for Yale University.[1]  The rink stands at the intersection of Prospect and Sachem Streets. The building was constructed for $1.5 million, which was double its original cost estimate. It seats 3,500 people and has a maximum ceiling height of 23 meters. The building is named for David S. Ingalls, Yale class of 1920, and David S. Ingalls, Jr., Yale class of 1956, both of whom were hockey captains. Members of the Ingalls family were the primary benefactors of the arena. 
Typical problem with sculptural buildings is that they may require a neutral or complimentary background to be perceived clearly.  This building would be far better suited in an open field, and without the landscaping.  It is, however, a strong and balanced composition of flow and symmetry that defies all of the surrounding annoyances well above the threshold of dominance.

This is a great building.  The wood entrance doors and wood clad curtainwall are perfect compliments to this amped up chalet in motion.  

Isole Borromee