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KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

INTRODUCTION
Louis. I .Kahn (February 20, 190
Louis. I .Kahn (February 20, 1901 March 17, 1974)
Louis Isadore Kahn Was An American Architect Is One Of The Most Influential
Architect Of The 201th Century, Based In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
After Working In Various Capacities For Several Firms In Philadelphia, He
Founded His Own atelier In 1935. While Continuing His Private Practice, He Served
As A Design Critic And Professor Of Architecture At Yale School Of
Architecture From 1947 To 1957. From 1957 Until His Death, He Was A Professor Of
Architecture At The School Of Design At The University Of Pennsylvania.
v Influenced By Ancient Ruins, Kahn's Style Tends To The Monumental And
Monolithic; His Heavy Buildings Do Not Hide Their Weight, Their Materials, Or
The Way They Are Assembled.
v Louis Kahn's Works Are Considered As Monumental Beyond Modernism. HE,
Is Noted For The Use Of Simple Geometric Forms And Spatial Compositions In
Massive Concrete Buildings.
v Kahns Work Shows His Great Reverence For Making Accessible The Value Of
Clear Structural Systems, Materials And Light. Pushing The Structural
Systems And Materials To Their Boundaries Is ` Of The Essential Components
Of His Architectural Approach.
v Kahn Also Sought To Optimize Natural Light For The Occupants Of The
Building.

Among His Bestknown Buildings Is The Kimbell Art Museum
In Fort Worth, Texas (19661972), One Of The Most-Admired Architectural Pieces Of
The Time. Other Masterpieces
Are The Salk Institute In California (USA), The Indian Institute Of Management In
Ahmedabad (India), And The Nationalassembly At Dacca (Bangladesh).

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LOUIS . I. KAHN (February 20, 1901-March 17, 1974)

Louis Isadore Kahn Was An American Architect, One Of The
Most Influential Architect Of The 20th Century. Based In Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, United States. After Working In Various Capacities For
Several Firms In Philadelphia, He Founded His Own Atelier In 1935.
While Continuing His Private Practice, He Served As A Design Critic
And Professor Of Architecure At Yale School Of Architecture From
1947-1957 Until His Death, He Was A Professor Of Architecture At The
School Of Design At The University Of Pennsylvania
IDEOLOGY
Influenced By Ancient Ruins, Kahn's Style
Tends To The Monumental And Monolithic; His
Heavy Buildings Don Not Hide Their Weight,
Their Materials, Or The Way They Are
Assembled.
Louis Kahn's Works Are Considered As
Monumental Beyond Modernism. He Is Noted
For The Use Of Simple Geometric Forms And
Spatial Compositions In Massive Concrete
Buildings.
Kahn's Work Shows His Great Reverence For Making Accessible Thevalue Of Clear
Strutural Systems, Materials And Light. Pushing The Structural System And
Materials To Their Boundaries Is One Of The Essential Components Of His
Architectural Approach.
Kahn Also Sought To Optimize Natural Lightfor The Occupants Of The Building.
Renzo Piano Addition Louis.i .kahn Building West Landscaped Plaza East
Modern Art Museum
Of Fort Worth
Kimbell Art Museum
Renzo Piano Addition
Amon Carter Museum
The Musuem Sits On The Gentle Slope Of Fort Worth In Texas , The Structure
Covers A Gross Area Of 120,000 Sq Feet And Lies In A Trapezoidal Shaped Area
Of 9.5 Acres.
It Incorporates A Slope Of The Site And Has Entrance At Both The Levels.
Public Access - Upper Level ( West )
Parking - Lower Level ( East )
South Garden Is At A 10 Feet Below The Garden Entrance Approached By Gradual
Stepped Lawns, Used As Sittings To Watch The Performance.
The first scheme was a square plan with a circulatory street, an arcade around the
complex and polygonal ceiling.
The second plan was H-shape, with two connected structure covered by a walkway
and curved roof.
The final layout is C-type plan, with cycloid vaults and this design is executed.