The museum has worked with Dieter Thiel on exhibition design and Magma Brand Design on graphics for exhibition Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, which opens today.
Architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs and films feature in the exhibition, which shows that Kahn drew on a wide range of sources from ancient ruins to the work of Le Corbusier.
The exhibition is split into six broad themes: City, a look at his adopted home of Philadelphia; Science, which explores his use of engineering and geometric structures; Landscape, which focuses on nature within his work; House, which shows residential commissions; Present, which places Kahn in the context of architectural history; and Community, which looks at his devotion to public buildings.
The Design Museum says, ‘He used innovations in construction techniques to design modern buildings that also project an elemental, primitive power.
‘He was a perfectionist and an artist, who also believed that architects have an important social responsibility.’
Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture runs from 9 July-12 October Design Museum, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD.