San Diego might be a place you think of as a vacation destination with warm climate, nice beaches, a ton of amusement parks for all interests and great entertainment. But did you know that it is a great destination for Modern Architecture too?
Case in point is University of California San Diego located a short drive from downtown San Diego in La Jolla CA where you will find the Brutalist Geisel Library and the Salk Institute.
The Geisel Library was named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, the creator of the Dr. Seuss book series that many of us read as a child. This building was designed by William Pereira and inaugurated in the early 1970’s. It currently houses, among others, a large collection of Dr. Seuss books and memorabilia.
This building is shaped as an inverted V with the main access below grade and a large plaza at grade. The plaza reminds me of often derided Boston City Hall plaza designed by Kallmann, McKinnell and Knowles. From there the building cantilevers out only to begin setting back on the top floors. This Brutalist concrete exterior structural elements and original windows might not have weathered so well if it where not for the impeccable local weather.