Change one letter and you think its doom and gloom.

The definition of SULK is “a period of gloomy and bad-tempered silence stemming from annoyance and resentment”.  But Louis Kahn’s SALK Institute at University of California San Diego in La Jolla CA is anything but!


This research center is one my favorite Kahn buildings.  Construction was completed in the 1960’s and houses some of the country’s leading biological research institutes.  This 3 story travertine and concrete is essentially 2 identical buildings divided by a line of running water that leads to a pool that is parallel to the Pacific Ocean.

This building has a unique feel to it because of the effect that the light has on it.  As the sun moves throughout the day, the lights and shadows make this building feel like a totally different building.  I recommend that you go either early in the morning or toward the end of the day so you can experience the movement of the sun on the buildings.

After seeing Louis Kahn’s My Architect movie I started researching more about his work and started appreciating his work and talent.  My first stop was Roosevelt Island’s Four Freedoms Park (see previous blog about this) and this is the second stop.

I must admit that growing up in a country where every building is build with and finished off with concrete; the in-your-face brutalist concrete and Louis Kahn is growing on me.

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