Design Museum re-examines the work of Louis Kahn

The Design Museum is looking to redefine the way people think about architect Louis Kahn, a visionary architectural practitioner, but one who realised few buildings in his lifetime and died practically bankrupt.

National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Source: Raymon Meier

National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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.

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

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.

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

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.’

Kahn working on Fisher House design, 1961

Source: Louis Kahn Collection

Kahn working on Fisher House design, 1961

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture runs from 9 July-12 October Design Museum, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD.

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