The Yale University Visitor Center is the first step on a tour for over 50,000 visitors annually. Housed in a restored 1709 house which prohibited attachments or alteration to the interior walls, it presented exceptional exhibit design challenges. Spagnola & Associates’ ingenious solution was to create freestanding rooms within rooms for two permanent exhibitions.
In the History Room, a U-shaped façade chronicles the 300 years of the school.
Capitalizing on the renowned Yale blue, two exhibition panels are connected by a massive sheet of blue glass. Transparent from the outside, the glass becomes opaque when viewed from the inside and throws a blue tinted glow on visitors within.
In the Leaders Room, notable Yale graduates are featured. A curved wall, which forms an oval viewing area, is divided into color-coded sections that present over 1,000 illustrious alumni, grouped by profession. The space is punctuated in the center by a low table onto which projected images give the visitor a taste of the display.