CAEN Louis Isidore (Kahn Louis Isidore)( American architect)
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Biography CAEN Louis Isidore (Kahn Louis Isidore)
Became known as the creator of the monumental buildings of brick and reinforced concrete, which represent an alternative to 'organic' architecture, FL Wright and severity of 'glass boxes' L. Mies van der Rohe, and F. Johnson.
Kahn was born on the island of Saaremaa Island (now Saaremaa) in Estonia February 20, 1901. In 1905, together with his parents moved to the U.S.. In 1924 he graduated from architecture school at the University of Pennsylvania, then worked with several architects in Philadelphia, later becoming a consultant on civil engineering and urban design. In 1948, Kahn - Professor of Architecture at Yale University, where he headed the department until 1957, when he was invited to the University of Pennsylvania.
The first major work of Kahn - Art Gallery at Yale University (1953) - earned him recognition. The external appearance of buildings decorated in the traditions of the international style, . but in the interior glaring rough surface of concrete floors and engineering equipment on display, . that reflects the belief in the aesthetic merits of Qana naked design,
. The visual value of what the architect called the office spaces (ie. those parts of the building, which housed the technical system), was even more accentuated in the brick towers of the medical research laboratory of AN Richards, University of Pennsylvania (1957-1961). Impressive range of scope of work of the architect: a bath in Trenton (pc. New Jersey) to the master plan of Bangladesh capital Dhaka, where the construction of government agencies are on a single concept from 1962. First Unitarian Church in Rochester (pc. New York), with walls made of breeze blocks, sharp-angled with regard to housing the Center for Biological Research in La Dzh.B.Solka Oye (pc. California) of concrete and wood, large round concrete openings in the central courtyard of the library in Exeter (pc. New Hampshire) show a variety of forms and textures that are used in Kang last period of his life. Particular attention to the effects of natural light manifested in a museum Kimbella in Fort Worth (pc. Texas), where works of art are covered with light reflected from the high, difficult to form arches, and the British Mellon Center at Yale, on which work was completed after the death of the architect.
Kahn died in New York on March 17, 1974.