Louis Kahn – In the Realm of Architecture
A very good + Soft cover first edition , lightly read. David Brownlee / David G. DeLong 448 pages Well Illustrated ISBN 0-8478-1330-4 Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Louis I. Kahn – In the Realm of Architecture,” organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 1992.
Louis Kahn was an American architect, known for his unique and distinctive style. He was born in Estonia in 1901, and immigrated to the United States at a young age. Kahn studied at the University of Pennsylvania, and later worked as a professor of architecture at Yale University. Some of his most iconic buildings include:
- National Assembly Building of Bangladesh (1962 – 1982): The National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, also known as the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, is considered to be one of Kahn’s most famous works. The building’s impressive concrete structure, set amidst a sprawling complex of greenery, takes inspiration from the landscape and history of Bangladesh.
- Kimbell Art Museum (1966 – 1972): Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the Kimbell Art Museum was designed by Kahn in collaboration with landscape architect Dan Kiley. The museum’s building is characterized by its simple and elegant design, set amidst a serene natural landscape.
- Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1962 – 1965): The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, was designed by Kahn to house research facilities for scientists in the fields of medicine and biology. The building’s design is marked by its minimalist aesthetic, with elements of modernism and Brutalism.
In addition to these public buildings, Kahn also designed a number of homes, including the Esherick House (1959 – 1961) in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, and the Fisher House (1960 – 1967) in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. Both homes exemplify Kahn’s masterful use of natural light and simple, geometric forms.
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