The renovation by Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects (HBRA) of the Cross Campus Library at Yale University, renamed the Bass Library in 2007, includes the construction of two new entrances.
The first is a richly ornamented gothic pavilion designed to harmonize with the surrounding campus. Bloomer Studio provided full-size maquettes of all the sandstone carvings which include the Book of Knowledge, illuminated by a torch, and the Tree of Life, above the entrance. Wrapping the pavilion is a bold foliated frieze, and nestled in the impost of the arches are owls, symbols of knowledge. For the roof, Bloomer Studio designed cast-bronze finials and a ridge crest.
The second entrance, a new octagonal stair hall in the nave of Sterling Library, includes a 14-inch-high perimeter frieze designed by Bloomer Studio as a pattern of open books and foliation.
Merit Award, AIA CT 2014
Distinguished Building Award, AIA Chicago 2008
Tucker Design Award, Building Stone Institute 2014
Award for Interior Architecture, AIA Chicago 2011
Bass Library, Yale University