Knights of Columbus Building by Kevin Roche

Knights of Columbus Building by Kevin Roche
[New Haven, CT] USA
Exterior view. Knights of Columbus Building by Kevin Roche. Photography © Courtesy of Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo Associates
The Knights Tower is one of the most recognised Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo’s works and it was finished in 1969. The project is located in downtown New Haven Connecticut, and is the seat of the Roman Catholic Organization: The Knights of Columbus.
The building was built on the One Columbus Plaza near the “New Haven Coliseum” stadium, which was used to play ice hockey and was demolished in 2007.

The Knights Tower was designed to house 700 employees. With its 98 meter high and 23 storeys, is the third tallest building in the skyline of the city. The mechanical and lighting systems are integrated in the structure; therefore, there are not false ceilings in the building, allowing a clearance work area of 3.66 meters of the almost 4 meters high between storeys.

The building has 5 towers: 4 exterior and one interior tower where the lift wells are. But the main peculiarity is the place of the four vertical concrete cylinders in the four corners of the building, inside which are the stairs and the toilets. The columns are covered with a kind of silo paving stone of about 77 and 84 cm2 and of a bronze tone, that serve for balancing the vertical force of the towers, while the darker paving stones agreed with the color of the steel.

The four cylinders are connected by longitudinal girders of around 27 meters. The girders formed the steel frameworks that support the different levels and whish are fixed to the central core and the exterior towers. Kevin Roche, after many discussions with the captain of more
Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates
Knights of Columbus
Structural engineer
Henry Pfisterer
97.54 m
25.604,10 m²
Completion date
One Columbus Plaza, New Haven, Connectic
ut, EEUU


Kevin Roche (b. June 14th, 1922) is an Irish-American architect who has worked across a variety governmental, educational, and corporate structures as well as art museums. Roche graduated in 1945 from University College Dublin. After short-term employment with firms more