Louis Kahn- Salk Institute
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego may be the most recognizable piece from Kahn, not only because of the visual aspect of the building but because of the science that goes on inside the building as well. Kahn was commissioned to design the Salk Institute in 1959 by Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine. Salk’s vision included a facility with an inspiring environment for scientific research, and Kahn’s design decisions created a functional institutional building that also became an architectural masterpiece. The symmetry is apparent, as is with most of his work, but the wide open layout of this building area also adds a very modern/ahead of its time look and feel to it. Geometry shapes play a role in this one as well as you can see, the exterior isn’t just a solid square block. All throughout the building is gaps and squares in its’ facing which gives it a really unique look that was utilized by Kahn.