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  • Architect Louis Kahn

  • Louis Isadore Kahn (1901~ 1974) was a world-renowned architect of Estonian Jewish origin, based in Philadelphia, United States. After working in various capacities for several companies in Philadelphia, he founded his own atelier in 1935. While continuing his private practice, he served as a design critic and professor of architecture at several universities of USA. Influenced by ancient ruins, Kahns style tends to the monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings dont hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled.1901-19741935

  • 1935 Jersey Homesteads Cooperative Development, Hightstown, New Jersey

  • Jesse Oser House, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania (1940)

  • The Yale University Art Gallery's main building was built in 1953 and was among the very first designed by Louis Kahn, who taught architecture at Yale.1953

  • 1957 Richards Medical Philadelphia,PA No space you can devise can satisfy these requirements. I thought what they should have was a corner for thought, in a word, a studio instead of slices of space.

  • The First Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York was designed by architect Louis Kahn in 1959 to replace the previous church designed in 1859 by architect Richard Upjohn, founder of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).19591859(AIA)

  • Interior of Sanctuary

  • The Esherick House is located in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It was designed by American architect Louis Kahn and completed in 1961.1961

  • Salk Institute La Jolla CA, 1960

  • The Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, (19591965), was to be a campus composed of three main clusters: meeting and conference areas, living quarters, and laboratories.

  • Indian Institute of Management1974

  • The old campus was designed by Louis Kahn, who was an exponent of exposed-brick architecture. The most distinctive features of the plan are the numerous arches and square brick structures with circles carved out in the facade. (1962)

  • Entrance to Ravi J Matthai Auditorium

  • Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban is the National Assembly Building of Bangladesh, located in the capital Dhaka. It was one of the largest legislative complexes in the world. It houses all parliamentary activities of Bangladesh. (1962~1974)

  • Phillips Exeter Library, Exeter,NH (1967)

    The Phillips Exeter Academy Library in Exeter, New Hampshire is among the renowned masterworks of architect Louis Kahn. The building is organized around a 5-story atrium, providing the reading room with even, diffuse daylight all year round. The atrium is encircled by balconies containing the stacks and study alcoves. It was awarded the Twenty-five Year Award by the American Institute of Architects in 1997.*

  • Phillips Exeter Library, top of entry stairs

  • The building is organized around a 5-story atrium, providing the reading room with even, diffuse daylight all year round.

  • The Kimbell Art Museum is situated in the Cultural District of Fort Worth, Texas, USA. (1967~1972)

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  • The Yale Center for British Art is an art museum in New Haven, Connecticut at Yale University which houses the most comprehensive collection of British Art outside the United Kingdom. (1969~1974)

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, New York, (19721974), unbuilt

  • Louis Kahn Memorial Park, 11th & Pine Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.In 1974, Louis Kahn died of a heart attack in a men's restroom in Pennsylvania Station in New York City. He had just returned from a work trip to India.1974

  • Click http://www.myarchitectfilm.com/ to display My Archietect- A sons journey In 2003, Kahn's son Nathaniel Kahn and his mother, Harriet Pattison, released an Oscar-nominated biographical documentary about his father, titled My Architect: A Son's Journey, which gives glimpses of the architecture while focusing on talking to the people who knew him: family, friends, and colleagues.-

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    The Phillips Exeter Academy Library in Exeter, New Hampshire is among the renowned masterworks of architect Louis Kahn. The building is organized around a 5-story atrium, providing the reading room with even, diffuse daylight all year round. The atrium is encircled by balconies containing the stacks and study alcoves. It was awarded the Twenty-five Year Award by the American Institute of Architects in 1997.*

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