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AD Classics: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn

Posted On: Oct 18, 2018   |   Posted By: Arch Daily

AD Classics: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn

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This article was originally published on August 27, 2017. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.
In 1959, Jonas Salk , the man who had discovered the vaccine for polio, approached Louis I. Kahn with a project. The city of San Diego , California had gifted him with a picturesque site in La Jolla along the Pacific coast, where Salk intended to found and build a biological research center. Salk, whose vaccine had already had a profound impact on the prevention of the disease, was adamant that the design for this new facility should explore the implications of the sciences for humanity. He also had a broader, if no less profound, directive for his chosen architect: to “create a facility worthy of a visit by Picasso.” The result was the Salk Institute, a facility lauded for both its functionality and its striking aesthetics - and the manner in which each supports the other.
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