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Standing alone against the endless blue sea the Salk Institute by Louis I Kahn is one of a kind Louis Kahns Salk Institute for Biological Studies on the Pacific coast near La Jolla aspires within its own spirit to an order achieved through clarity definition and consistency of applicationHeyer 195 To many this magnificent structure may seem out of place but it works well with the surrounding environment because of the spatial continuity that it possesses The relation to the site the tectonic characteristics and the ideas of servant versus served combine to achieve a great sense of order in the Salk Institute Many of the ideas that went into the construction of this design are still utilized in architecture today Kahns modern design takes full advantage of the atmosphere by opening up a broad plaza between two research and lab wings providing a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the coastline Ghirardo 227 The laboratories are separated from the study areas and each study has a view of the magnificent blue Pacific with horizontal light pouring in This allows scientists to take a break from their frantic studies and clear their minds with a breath-taking view In relation to this idea Kahn stated I separated the studies from the laboratory and placed them over the gardens Now one need not spend all the time in the laboratories Ronner 158 The two lab wings are symmetrical about a small stream that runs through the middle of the courtyard and feeds into the ocean This steady ban of water flowing towards the sea symbolizes the success that human can accomplish I thought this idea had a worthy presence considering the Salk Institute is one that promotes research and study Thus the courtyard is considered the faade to the sky Kahn didnt need to dress up the land around the plan because the Salk Institute is the landscape It is one with the site
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