Although admittedly not everyone’s cup of architectural tea, and possibly irrelevant to others, Louis Kahn’s work never fails to reach me on some level.
His work, including his ideas, speak volumes, providing much for me to chew on even though my own work is necessarily different. Just as his architecture was a kind of self-portrait – as is and will be the case regardless of where one applies ones creative efforts, so too is mine. Nevertheless, there’s so much there in the way of ideas and inspiration to draw on.
Physically, in real time and place, his built work presents an alternate experience of the built environment and its relationship to time, place, and us.
I just came across a video of an exhibit of his work, “Louis Kahn – The Power of Architecture“, presented recently by the Netherlands Architecture Institute. For those of you drawn to the power of architecture it’s worth a look. Bear with the opening credits, park your preferences at the door and you may be rewarded. It includes interviews with his son Nathaniel (“My Architect“) and his two sisters. (For those of you haven’t yet seen it, “My Architect” offers a remarkable look at Kahn from up close and personal. It’s one of my favorite films.)
See also, my post: “Louis Kahn”