Advanced Design Studio: Patkau
This project proposes not only a new museum for the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, but a new center for the School of Music. Inspired by the quadrangles which define Yale’s campus, the Musical Instrument Museum lies opposite the Sterling Library, pulled back from the street to create a forecourt, inviting visitors into the porous inner courtyard.
The collection occupies the entire second floor, and portions of the first. The museum is conceived as a continuous ring of spaces. At times, this ring pulls away from the outer edges of the building to allow rooms for performance, offices, and circulation, while it also swells to create grand spaces for exhibition. The surfaces of the exhibition spaces are clad in perforated, foamed aluminum, and the interiors of the performance spaces envelope the musician in rich, wood panels.