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LOUIS KAHN, THE ARCHITECT THAT HELPED DEFINE MODERN ARCHITECTURE

 

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By: Joseph Licata

If asked to name architects that helped define modern architecture, Louis Kahn, isn’t likely to be a name you would necessarily include on that list of starchitects, despite his work being some of the most important architecture of the Fifties and Sixties, mainly due to his inability to settle. Kahn was known for changing his plans again and again, often reaching a deadlock with clients over designs and features. Though he did not build as widely as his peers the ideas that Louis Kahn had and completed were breathtaking. Spaces designed around how light would move throughout interesting combinations of windows and openings all while perfecting an architectural style that included modern, geometric and ancient design elements. And like the Roman architecture that inspired so much of Kahn’s work, these too will stand the test of time.

 

“Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.”

 

LOUIS KAHN’S WORK

SALK INSTITUE FOR BIOLOGICAL STUDIES

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PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY LIBRARY

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YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

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KIMBALL ART MUSEUM

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ESHERICK HOUSE

 

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Photos courteous of Esherick House, Kimball Museum, Yale University, Philips Exeter Academy Library and Salk Institute

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