15 Iconic Buildings Celebrate the Monumental Modernism of Louis Kahn

The 116th anniversary of Louis Kahn’s birth is today, and with it comes a chance to reflect on one of architecture’s most influential figures of the 20th century. The American passed away under sad circumstances in 1974, but his distinctive, monumental style and cultural impact across the globe have ensured Kahn’s perpetual presence in the minds of today’s foremost architects. His love of raw materiality and the solidity of Brutalism is evoked by Tadao Ando’s poetic concrete forms, while Kahn’s unbuilt City Tower project influenced many advocates of the high-tech movement, including Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. Meanwhile, many of Kahn’s former apprentices — from playful postmodernist Robert Venturi to the experimental Moshe Safdie — continue to push the boundaries of architectural design as their mentor did. Here, we look back at some of the architect’s greatest highlights from an extraordinary career that continues to inspire the young architects today. In chronological order according to the date of each building’s completion, this is the lasting legacy of Louis Khan: 1952: City Tower Project, Philadelphia (Unbuilt); via Metalocus 1953: Yale University Art Gallery; via BLOUIN ARTINFO 1961: ...
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