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The Salk institute for Biological studies was designed by architect Louis Khan, the subject of this image suggests a series of similar structures sharply folding into the negative space in front of it. More importantly at first glance one can notice a specific pattern involving half the building to remain flat and vertical meanwhile the other half expands triangularly creating either sharp rooms or terraces every other floor. Furthermore, one can capture a constant heavy use of “beton brutale” brutal concrete with the coordination of wood-based facade containing the fenestration of the building. Approaching an observation in birds eye view above this project, as a whole one reads it a twin structures facing each other with a great open space between them allowing light, conversation and circulation. Diving into some of the concepts Khan emphasized in the building one can quickly depict the level of intimacy he allowed between each laboratory in the facilities by conducting light in an independent way. the maximum amount of floors in those facilities is four so the spirit of the project is very horizontal and that becomes a reality due to Khan’s luck and ability to obtain a large site . Additionally one can conclude Khan’s ability to challenge architecture regardless of the program directing the project through his folding of space,solids, volumes and ability to obtain such projects presenting large landscapes along with an incredible amount of funds achieve them.

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