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Ingalls Rink, 1958
Eero Saarinen (1910 — 1961, B. Arch, 1934; M.A., Honorary, 1949)
Renovation and expansion by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates
Kevin Roche (1922 — , D.F.A., Honorary, 1995)

Whether you think it looks like a Viking ship, a turtle, or a whale, the Ingalls Rink is without a doubt one of Yale's most important examples of post-war modernist architecture. While the average hockey rink is more of a shed than anything else, this rink's swooping roof seems to echo the movement of skaters, while providing seats for 3,000 spectators in a remarkably intimate setting. Of course, Ingalls is an oddly located building, and does not make much of an attempt to fit in with its residential and academic neighbors. A comprehensive renovation, set for completion in 2010 and overseen by Saarinen's former deputy, Kevin Roche, promises to restore Ingalls to its original splendor and accommodate new programmatic needs.