ground level plan
lower level plan
Yale’s collection of historic sound recordings are tangible objects that can be seen and felt, but their express purpose is to be heard. The building’s monolithic exterior appearance gives way to a luminous interior for experiencing and studying the material within. Voluminous skylights float atop the gallery spaces, keeping the contents of the archive at a safe temperature below, but also isolating sound within zones of the galleries. A sunken courtyard provides natural light deep within the building, creating a space for contemplation and meditation while visitors study available materials.