This competition searches for design ideas that examine the spirit that lies behind Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute and for architectural reactions that emerge from such a source.
Salk’s modularity sets the basis for this design through its building order, geometry and symmetry. This existing masterpiece de- fines the landscape it sits on, while its simplicity creates complications. In plan, a linear distribution of two science/ research labs and three green houses extend from the northern wing. A community center/ library/conference/outdoor dining building, stepped houses, hotel and structured parking extend from the southern wing. All these buildings are arranged according to the master grid, which is derived from the existing institute. They exist below its platform, in order to preserve the prestigious view of the Pacific Ocean.
Status: School Project
Location: La Jolla, CA, US