28 April 2015

Salk Institute

An interesting review was linked by PlaNetizen: Howard Blackson III revisits Louis I. Kahn's design of the Salk institute in La Jolla, CA and asks about its qualities as a public space. Or, more properly, clarifies why it isn't public space. Blackson writes:
"I agree with Witold Rybczynski that modernist architecture sits best in nature and this is such a place looking in one direction (but, don’t turn around). Adding the sound of the plaza’s water rubicon/falls, and scent from its formal rows of orange trees, the experience can be sublime… then you get back in your car and drive through suburban office park hell to go home."
Here are some photos I took years ago that capture a few qualities of the materials and the space but say little about the surroundings.

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