Monday, December 8, 2008
The David S. Ingalls Rink (1953-58) was designed by architect Eero Saarinen and built for Yale University. The Auditorium seats 3,486 and features an innovative structural system with the roof being supported by a 90m reinforced concrete arch from which a cable net is hung that supports the timber roof creating an elegant curved roof and ceiling. The expression of the structure and it's use to create curved sculptural forms efficiently is typical of Saarinen's work. The rink underwent a major renovation in 1991 and another renovation and expansion is planned to begin this year.
The building has been nicknamed 'The Whale' because of it's appearance.