Located in New Haven, United States, Kroon Hall – Yale University was designed by Hopkins Architects. The existing site was an urban Brownfield and a great eyesore. Immediately to the west and east are revered landmarks, Saarinen’s Ingalls Rink and Sachem’s Wood. 50 faculty and staff offices, classrooms and a small auditorium, a library and learning centre for intense study, and a lounge and cafeteria for less formal study and socialising were required.
Though simple in footprint, Kroon Hall’s strategic placing brings coherence to a previously muddled part of Yale University’s campus. The new courtyards it frames assert the collegiate order of the quadrangle, its glazed gable ends and recessed arcade connect landmarks to west and east and the roof recalls those of local rural tradition. Beyond significant savings in energy and water, its local, renewable and recycled materials will age gracefully while inside and out is an exceptionally convivial setting for study and socialising.