Winnie’s Threshold

            Yale University   Fall 2017   With Jen Shin Inspired by Paul Rudolph’s collection of Egyptian-influenced art in Yale’s architecture building, this project was a threshold into a small windowed nook of Rudolph Hall. Drawing influence from the experience of entering a Japanese tea house, Winnie’s threshold consisted of a door within a door. Not only did this require the person to be aware of how they moved into the space, but also to be aware of a typically unoccupied corner of the building. Winnie’s threshold led to a floor to ceiling window with a voyeuristic view of the administration offices and the entrance of Rudolph Hall.

Existing site condition

Winnie’s threshold with doors closed
Winnie’s threshold with both doors open
Winnie’s threshold installed with one door open

Door pull prototype, inspired by the Egyptian sphinx paw 
Final door pull design, made of cast Rockite and gold foil

Procession through Winnie’s threshold