Library at Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, New Hampshire: 1972)

Kahn opened up the interior of this brick library with a ceiling clerestory, which allowed sunlight to flow in and colorfully contrast with the stone-and-wood interior. Illumination was a focus down to the smallest detail, such as the teak study corrals positioned in light-filled spots. It's a fitting response to the design committee's brief, which noted that "the quality of a library, by inspiring a superior faculty and attracting superior students, determines the effectiveness of a school."  Photo 9 of 10 in Design Icon: 9 Buildings by Louis Kahn
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Steven and Toby Korman House (Fort Washington, Pennsylvania: 1973)

Kahn's often pegged with being architect who imposed his will on a structure, but in the case of this home commission, a rare residential work, it's instructive to understand how far he went to make the home accommodate its inhabitants. The modified open floor plan respected the client's wish to "be able to play touch football in every room," and the two-story glass facade helped an allergy-suffering owner experience the outdoors.  Photo 10 of 10 in Design Icon: 9 Buildings by Louis Kahn
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