When I look at this photo of Kroom Hall at Yale, I come up with some rather superficial observations. What do I know other than I like it/don’t like it? The architecture was reviewed on the Design Observer and it’s really quite interesting to read what someone who knows architecture has to say. If you take the link, be sure to look at the interior photos:
What Kroon Hall has in common with Kahn’s masterpiece is simplicity and strength in materials: the oak, the exposed concrete walls and ceilings (the better to absorb and later radiate heat), the clear unfussy form.
The south and north facades are faced in sandstone, bright enough to make you squint on a sunny day. The sandstone, its texture rough and ugly, appears nowhere inside the building, and so stands out as alien.