Louis Kahn

Singularity, strengh, thickness

A man

Louis Isadore Kahn was an american architect related to functionalism and father to serving spaces notions, served spaces and hollow architecture. He is one of worthy representative of modern movement, in the continuity of Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe and Le Corbusier works. Vers une architecture lecture of Le Corbusier mays, as we say, particularly influence him. His using of light like a real material makes inspiration and an essential symbol of contemporary architecture.

A masterpiece

The Salk Institute

Near perfection, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, California, 1966) is one of the most significant and monumental masterpieces of this architect.

Some projects

Oser House, 1940-1942

Roche House, 1947-1949

Weiss House, 1947-1950

Shapiro House, 1956

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1951-1953

Medical research center Newton-Richards, Philadelphie, Pennsylvania, 1958-1961

First Unitarian Church of Rochester (en), Rochester, New York, 1959-1967

Phillips Exeter Academy Library, Exeter, New Hampshire, 1965-1972

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 1969-1974

Some rewards

He was rewarded in 1951 of the Rome Prize in architecture and elected in 1971 member of american academy of letters and arts.


Some words

« A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end  must be unmeasurable. »

« You say to a brick, 'What do you want, brick?' And brick says to you, 'I like an arch.' And you say to brick, 'Look, I want one, too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.' And then you say : 'What do you think of that, brick?' Brick says: 'I like an arch. »

« Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love. »

« The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building.  »

Louis Kahn


Details on his work

Details on the Salt Institute

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