From the hundreds of modernist buildings, complexes and communes along the US Pacific Coast, author Sam Lubell has selected 10 of the must-see examples.
Salk Institute by Louis Kahn, San Diego, 1963
Commissioned by Polio-vaccine developer Jonas Salk, this is the brutalist Taj Mahal. A mesmerising combination of pure symmetry, massive weightiness, and ethereal lightness.
Two mirror image structures, clad in raw concrete and unfinished teak, line an open travertine courtyard, whose thin, linear water channel glides toward the ocean, which lies beyond tall cliffs. Keeping the plaza treeless was the brainwave of collaborator Luis Barragán, who aimed to make it “a facade to the sky”.
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