Architect: Louis Kahn

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American architect Louis Kahn created a style of architecture that was grand and heavy. His monumental buildings are raw, dense and the way they have been constructed can be seen. He was inspired by DNA, geometry and ruins.

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Kahn was and is known as the brick whisperer and an architect of light. His quotes still inspire and teach future designers and architects.

Louis Kahn, National Assembly in Dacca, Bangladesh. India 1962.
Louis Kahn, National Assembly in Dacca, Bangladesh. India 1962.
National Assembly of Bangladesh in Dhaka by Louis Kahn.
National Assembly of Bangladesh in Dhaka by Louis Kahn.

With the National Assembly in Dhaka you can see the heaviness in the size of the bricks. The geometric influences can also be seen in the circular gaps and the layers. A distinctive Kahn piece.

Exeter Library. Atrium. Louis Kahn. Exeter, New Hampshire, 1972
Exeter Library. Atrium. Louis Kahn. Exeter, New Hampshire, 1972

This huge atrium with circular openings exposing the shelves of books in the library, is a famous piece in Kahn’s architectural portfolio.

Louis Kahn. Salk Institute for biological studies, 1965 La Jolla.
Louis Kahn. Salk Institute for biological studies, 1965 La Jolla.
Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk institute comprises of two parallel laboratory blocks with a thin water garden running between the two. A different design from the other two examples with its square aspects rather than circular.

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