San Diego

Louis I. Kahn

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | La Jolla

By means of sketches, plans, models, and photos of nineteen projects over the last dozen years, the intent is, in the words of Director Brewer, “to reveal the art of perhaps America’s most significant architect to a Western audience.”

Kahn’s office complexes (Richards Medical Research Building, Philadelphia; U.S. Consulate, Luanda, Angola, Africa; and Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla) deal with the vocabulary of fairly conventional modernity. Stressed with particular conscientiousness are considerations for the site, light, and temperature. Large extended screens or light shafts, detached smaller complexes, and directional orientation all take these natural conditions into account.

It is in his recent public groups (Center City Philadelphia plans, Bryn Mawr Dormitory, Mikveh Israel Synagogue, Fort Wayne Fine Arts Center, A.R. Levy Memorial Playground, Indian Institute of

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