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Posted in good design, new haven, the world around us, things we like by hemmant jha on November 27, 2009

New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, CT. Kevin Roche, Architect.

Still home to many fabulous examples of modern architecture, the city of New Haven no longer includes the Coliseum on that list. This remarkable and unique structure was demolished in 2007.

New Haven has replaced this building with nothing worthy of mention. Unsurprisingly, this decision appears to have been made in much the same way as the sale and transfer of the Pirelli building [Marcel Breuer, Architect] to IKEA. That transfer was followed by the demolition of much of the building – the reclaimed land serves as a parking lot while the building remaining stands simply to hold aloft the IKEA signboard.

Below are images of the Coliseum taken in 2004. 

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Posted in new haven, the world around us, things we like by hemmant jha on November 25, 2009

Payne Whitney Gymnasium, Yale University.

With 12 acres of space under one roof, this gym lays claim to being the second largest athletic facility in the world. Deep within the building is one of the most spectacular exhibition pools, with sharply sloped seating around, culminating in a circular running track at the very top level. At once awe-inspiring and peaceful, this is a unique architectural experience on a campus generously populated with noteworthy works of architecture.

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