6 Stories for Louis I. Kahn’s 120th Birthday

We dig into the Metropolis archives for six stories about the master architect's life, work, and legacy.
Salk Institute

Courtesy Joe Belcovson for the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

“A great building, in my opinion,” the architect Louis I. Kahn once said, “must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.”

Born 120 years ago in Eastern Europe, Kahn became one of the 20th century’s greatest architects, developing a unique and iconoclastic style that continues to influence architecture around the world. A master of material texture, volume, and light, his buildings are landmarks. Over the past several years, Metropolis has written extensively about how Kahn’s legacy continues to shape the practice and study of architecture. These six pieces tell the story not only of his architectural genius, but of his impact on how we think about and interact with the built environment.

 

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