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AJ100 2010 Building of the Year: Kroon Hall by Hopkins Architects

Kroon Hall is the new building for the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University by Hopkins Architects

Described by university president Richard C Levin as ‘Yale’s most sustainable building to date,’ it is certified LEED ‘Platinum’ and was designed to be, as near as possible, carbon neutral. This is despite the fact that the climate of New Haven, far less clement than that of the UK, means that natural ventilation is only possible in spring and autumn.

The building is a simple, single-naved form, designed as a masonry enclosure with a timber lining. It is clad with yellow Briar Hill stone, which is used extensively on the Yale campus, and lined with American red oak, much of which comes from the university’s own forests. Mike Hussey said: ‘I salute the ambassadorial qualities of Hopkins Architects, who gave the American academic elite a stunning addition to their campus and a lesson in aesthetic brilliance - one of the few subjects you can’t teach, even at Yale.’

Judge Angela Brady called it ‘an outstanding design and exemplar for its sustainability credentials.’ She said: ‘The curved timber roof structure in the interior is a delight and the detailing looks impeccable. It is warm and welcoming and full of natural light. This addition to the campus must act like a magnet for students wanting to experience UK sustainable architecture at its best.


Angela Brady of Brady Mallalieu Architects
Mike Hussey managing director of property fund Almacantar
Rory Olcayto deputy editor of The Architects’ Journal


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