Louis I. Kahn: the construction of the Kimbell Art Museum

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Skira, Apr 1, 1999 - Architecture - 167 pages
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Accademia di architettura
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This publication on the construction of the Kimbell Art Museum by Louis I. Kahn may prove very useful to students, and to anyone interested in gaining further knowledge of the distinctive features of the Kimbell museum. It documents the long and arduous quest that often characterizes a creative process-- even that of a great master such as Louis I. Kahn. The design of the Kimbell Art Museum is the product of extraordinary intuition, and results in a masterly synthesis that solves all the problems posed by the site and the specific purpose of the construction.

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The series "I Cataloghi" documents the exhibitions, i.e. reviews undertaken by the Academy of Architecture of the architectural works and events of the 20th century. The initial stages are dedicated primarily to a comparison between the principal figures of this century and contemporary emerging architects. This comparison attempts to trace the link that unites the birth and development of a theory to its subsequent concrete application, along the 'winding path' of research. The exhibitions and their accompanying catalogues aim to offer all readers, not only those attending the Academy, a review of architects and architectural works that have enriched and continue to enrich the discipline of building.
Accademia di architettura
Mendrisio

This publication on the construction of the Kimbell Art Museum by Louis I. Kahn may prove very useful to students, and to anyone interested in gaining further knowledge of the distinctive features of the Kimbell museum. It documents the long and arduous quest that often characterizes a creative process-- even that of a great master such as Louis I. Kahn. The design of the Kimbell Art Museum is the product of extraordinary intuition, and results in a masterly synthesis that solves all the problems posed by the site and the specific purpose of the construction.

i Cataloghi dell'Accademia di architettura
2

The series "I Cataloghi" documents the exhibitions, i.e. reviews undertaken by the Academy of Architecture of the architectural works and events of the 20th century. The initial stages are dedicated primarily to a comparison between the principal figures of this century and contemporary emerging architects. This comparison attempts to trace the link that unites the birth and development of a theory to its subsequent concrete application, along the 'winding path' of research. The exhibitions and their accompanying catalogues aim to offer all readers, not only those attending the Academy, a review of architects and architectural works that have enriched and continue to enrich the discipline of building.

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Contents

Preface
7
A Short History of the Kimbell
24
The Design Stage
49

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About the author (1999)

Louis Kahn, a pioneer of functionalist architecture, was born in Estonia but came with his family to the United States at the age of 4. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at Yale University from 1947 to 1957, during which time he became known for his addition to the Yale University Art Gallery (1951--53). This work, along with his design for the Richards Medical Research Building in Philadelphia (1957--61), gained him wide recognition. Kahn's international reputation as a major force in contemporary architecture came with his designs for the Salk Institute Laboratories in La Jolla, California (1959--65), the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, (1872) and the Paul Mellon Center for British Studies at Yale University (1969--72). From 1957 until his death, Kahn returned to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, to teach. While there, he helped to start the so-called Philadelphia school of modernism. Kahn's designs, though simple, are powerfully complex and subtle at the same time.

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