Louis Kahn, the American architect known for combining Modernism with the weight and dignity of ancient monuments, was born 113 years ago today. His contemporary Philip Johnson once said of him that “he was his own artist. He was free, compared to me.”
Kahn might be categorized as a late Modernist, and a hugely influential one at that. He is perhaps best known for the Salk Institute, the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, the Exeter Library and Kimbell Art Museum. His last completed design, for the Four Freedoms Park in New York, was also finally completed in 2012
The impression he left as an individual is equally as mythical. His sometimes esoteric but always insightful understanding of architecture led to him to being often described as a ‘mystic’ or a ‘guru’, and a complex private life inspired his son to film the Academy Award Nominated documentary “My Architect” in 2003.
On the occasion of his birthday, we think there is no better celebration than to rediscover his stunning catalog of works - see them all, after the break.
- AD Classics: First Unitarian Church of Rochester
- AD Classics: Salk Institute
- AD Classics: Exeter Library (Class of 1945 Library)
- AD Classics: National Assembly Building of Bangladesh
- AD Classics: Yale University Art Gallery
- AD Classics: Indian Institute of Management
- AD Classics: Kimbell Art Museum
And for even more Kahn:
- Films & Architecture: “My Architect”
- Light Matters: Louis Kahn and the Power of Shadow
- Video: Louis Kahn Talks to a Brick