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AD Classics: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn

16:30 - 11 January, 2019
AD Classics: Salk Institute / Louis Kahn, © Liao Yusheng
© Liao Yusheng

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.[1,2]

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Small Bridges at Warren College UCSD / Kevin deFreitas Architects

17:00 - 3 August, 2018
Small Bridges at Warren College UCSD / Kevin deFreitas Architects, © Darren Bradley
© Darren Bradley

© Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    3350 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92161, United States
  • Category

  • Landscape Architect

    Neil Hadley, LandLAB
  • Environmental Graphics

    Emily Desai, EDCC
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Redwood House / Jeff Svitak

11:00 - 2 February, 2018
Redwood House / Jeff Svitak, © Onnis Luque
© Onnis Luque

© Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque © Onnis Luque + 28

Jacobs Medical Center / CannonDesign

17:00 - 20 November, 2017
Jacobs Medical Center / CannonDesign	, © Christopher Barrett + Ethan Rohloff
© Christopher Barrett + Ethan Rohloff

© Christopher Barrett + Ethan Rohloff © Christopher Barrett + Ethan Rohloff © Christopher Barrett + Ethan Rohloff © Christopher Barrett + Ethan Rohloff + 25

UC San Diego - Galbraith Hall Interior Renovation / Kevin deFreitas Architects

19:30 - 3 February, 2017
UC San Diego - Galbraith Hall Interior Renovation / Kevin deFreitas Architects, © Darren Bradley
© Darren Bradley

© Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley © Darren Bradley + 61

Clea House / Soheil Nakhshab

13:00 - 31 August, 2016
Clea House / Soheil Nakhshab, © Paul Body
© Paul Body

© Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body + 73

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, United States
  • Category

  • Area

    3820.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016

The North Parker / Jonathan Segal Architect

15:00 - 9 December, 2015
© Matthew Segal
© Matthew Segal

© Matthew Segal © Matthew Segal © Matthew Segal © Matthew Segal + 21

Sofia Lofts / Nakhshab Development and Design

13:00 - 27 August, 2015
Sofia Lofts  / Nakhshab Development and Design, © Paul Body
© Paul Body

© Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body + 30

AD Classics: Geisel Library / William L. Pereira & Associates

01:00 - 11 November, 2014
AD Classics: Geisel Library / William L. Pereira & Associates, © Darren Bradley
© Darren Bradley

The alien form of the Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego seems befitting of a backdrop from a science fiction movie. The building occupies a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism that its architect, William Pereira, intrepidly pursued throughout his career. With its strong concrete piers and hovering glassy enclosures, the library beautifully occupies an ambiguous state between massiveness and levitation, as if the upper stories have only just been set into their base and can be lifted back out at any moment. The tension between these two conditions gives the library an otherworldly appearance and provides a startling statement about the generative and imaginative power of the architect.

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NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans, © Assassi Productions
© Assassi Productions

© Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions + 29

2014 ANFA Conference

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in La Jolla, California.

Machine in a Box / Luce Et Studio

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
Machine in a Box / Luce Et Studio, © Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

© Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    9800 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, United States
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Jennifer Luce Principal
  • Design Team

    Jennifer Luce, Ann Worth, Adam Grove
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

North City Campus / JWDA

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
North City Campus / JWDA, © Brady Architectural Photography
© Brady Architectural Photography

© Brady Architectural Photography © Brady Architectural Photography © Brady Architectural Photography © Brady Architectural Photography + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    8355 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123, USA
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Joseph Wong, FAIA, Matthew Geaman, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    42942.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Cresta / Jonathan Segal FAIA

00:00 - 11 September, 2013
The Cresta / Jonathan Segal FAIA, © Matthew Segal
© Matthew Segal

© Matthew Segal © Matthew Segal © Matthew Segal © Matthew Segal + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, United States
  • Category

  • Project Managers

    Matthew Segal, Guillermo Tomaszewski
  • Engineer

    DCI Engineers
  • Area

    5300.0 m2
  • Photographs

San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center / Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells

00:00 - 12 August, 2013
San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center / Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, © John Durant
© John Durant

© John Durant © John Durant © John Durant © John Durant + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, CA 92117, United States
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Matthew Wells
  • Design Team

    Sean Chen, Kristin Shultz, Frank Sanchez
  • Consultants

    Snipes Dye, Spurlock Poirier, Hope Engineering, Turpin & Rattan,
  • Contractor

    Johnson & Jennings
  • Area

    25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Ocean Beach Comfort Station / Kevin de Freitas Architects

00:00 - 2 August, 2013
Ocean Beach Comfort Station / Kevin de Freitas Architects, © Darren Bradley
© Darren Bradley

© Tim Mantoani © Tim Mantoani © Tim Mantoani © Tim Mantoani + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA, United States
  • Category

  • Design Architect

    Kevin de Freitas, Manish Desai
  • Architect of Record

    Sillman Wright Architects
  • General Contractor

    PRAVA Construction Service Inc.
  • Public Artist

    Shinpei Takeda
  • Photographs

W Hotel, San Diego / Mr. Important Design

01:00 - 6 July, 2013
W Hotel, San Diego / Mr. Important Design, © Jeff Dow
© Jeff Dow

© Jeff Dow © Jeff Dow © Jeff Dow © Jeff Dow + 17

Manhattan Court Residence / Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects

01:00 - 15 June, 2013
Manhattan Court Residence / Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects, © Larry Stanley
© Larry Stanley

© Larry Stanley © Larry Stanley © Larry Stanley © Larry Stanley + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, United States
  • Category

  • Design Team

    James Gabriel, Chris Johns, Adrienne Gabriel
  • Client/Owner

    Miyo and Mitchell Reff
  • General Contractor

    RGB Group Inc.
  • Structural Engineer

    Mike Suprenant & Associates
  • Landscape Architect

    Jaime Lievers
  • Area

    4320.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs