Louis Kahn at Rochester

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Iqbal Aalam’s flickr photostream includes some evocative slides from his 1967 trip to Kahn’s First Unitarian Church in Rochester NY (dedicated 2 December 1962). A commenter on the flickr site wonders whether Kahn’s building inspired the rooflights at Zumthor’s recently completed Kolumba Diocesan Museum in Cologne.

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It’s a play really of wall and variety in the getting of various conditions around the windows which caused one to make these changes. And in some instances this window seat turns into a thing which you don’t need at all above and that would not be expressed here…The idea is to develop really quite frankly a silhouette

Kahn’s words and plan and section of the First Unitarian Church from Louis I Kahn, The Complete Works 1935-1974 by Heinz Ronner & Sharad Jhaveri (ISBN3764313471)

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