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Salk Institute


The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in an independent, non-profit research institute in La Jolla, California built in 1962. Designed by Louis Kahn’s architecture firm with Jack MacAllister as the supervising architect, it is a coastal triumph of design and structure. With collaboration as the inspiration for the structure and layout, this theme can even be seen between the gently weathered wood and poured concrete walls.

Pallasmaa considers San Diego’s Salk Institute an architectural masterpiece for its spiritually inspiring vistas and...
Salk Institute for Biological Studies, designed by Louis I. Kahn, photographed in 1977. Gelatin silver print.
The courtyard of Louis Kahn's Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
The weathered teak complements the deep blue La Jolla skies and smooth volcanic ash concrete.
Symmetry abounds in this photogenic courtyard.
Good to walk around or take a formal tour, the grounds overlook the Pacific Ocean.