Jessica Downard

Jessica Downard

Ojai, CA, US


Salk Institute Expansion Project

When Jonas Salk and Louis Kahn first spoke of designing the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, their original plan set to include more than just the two lab buildings that got built. One thing that was in the original plans was the addition of a community center to serve the scientists and their families. Using the existing labs as a jumping off point, this addition hopes to fully fulfill Salk and Kahn’s original dreams for the Salk campus. The program for the expansion includes a library, fitness centers, meeting spaces and more. The concept behind the form stems from utilizing the sloping terrain to create a building nudged into the hillside, leading to the fantastic coastal view.

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Status: School Project
Location: La Jolla, CA, US