Salk Institute for Biological Studies
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Salk Institute – modern, monumental & monolithic
The Salk Institute is worth a visit for anyone intrigued by architecture–just not on the weekend! Which is of course, when I went. Which is also why you wont see any INSIDE pictures (from me, at least) in this post. No pleading, begging, or bribing got me through the gates. And I'm usually very persuasive. Regardless, it was impressive to come face to face with the magnitude of Louis Kahn's imposing architecture, which has been described as the single most significant architectural site in San Diego. The clean lines and the use of straight forward unfinished materials, such as concrete, teak, lead, glass and steel make the Salk Institute's architecture timeless. The outside views were certainly not a waste, but I can't wait to return to take one of their architectural tours. When that happens, I'll promise to serve up more inside shots! >>>A big thank you to Marriott’s recently opened SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sandh-springhill-suites-san-diego-downtown-bayfront) for accommodations.
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A Louis Kahn miracle by the ocean
Take a break from the zoo and the beaches in San Diego and head north to La Jolla for an architectural treat. The Salk Institute is a Louis Kahn masterpiece. I still have to see another building that matches this one.
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