Architectural Treasure - The Salk Institute
One of the most photographed buildings in San Diego is the Salk Institute in La Jolla. This structure was built in the early 1960's and designed by the world famous architect, Louis Kahn. The building materials were simple and uncomplicated unlike the work and science that would take place within its boundary.
The design is two buildings, mirror images of each other facing a grand courtyard. Kahn was known for his use of natural light and at different times of day, the buildings and the changing natural light give amazingly different perspectives of the simplicity of the poured in place concrete. This compound gives a disquieting bold perspective to all who see it.
Over 50 years have passed and the design and finish looks the same as it did in the 60's having required only minimal maintenance as was the collaborative goals of Jonas Salk and his architect. Today, this institute stands as a testament to the genius of both of these famous men.
I have photographed the exterior of the institute and the grounds from nearly every angle and each time I go there I see yet another perspective that I missed.
The photo below is taken to show the perspective of the vast repetitive corridors that make up the lower level of the buildings right off the courtyard.