Posted in good design, things we like by hemmant jha on May 4, 2011

the Salk Institute by Louis Kahn, Architect

There’s not much to say here – this is one of the best buildings by possibly the best architect of the 20th century. There’s a description of his work and his career on Wikipedia, and a poignant account of his personal life in the film, My Architect. I’ve been to the Salk Institute almost every time I’ve found myself near San Diego. It is a wonderfully calming space, and being in the presence of extremely good design is a rare and joyous experience.

Some of my pictures from past trips are shown here, and here.

The images below were taken at night last week. There are not many nighttime images of the Salk online, and it is easy to see why – the space is extraordinarily photogenic by day, and access to the building is severely limited at night. Care has been taken to retain the quality of the pictures as captured by the camera, and I hope these dusky snapshots provide a glimpse into what is on offer out there in La Jolla, CA. More to follow.


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