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MamaMia796 wrote a review Oct 2019
Rancho Cucamonga, California785 contributions217 helpful votes
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The buildings are so unique it looks futuristic. We were allowed in with a visitors pass to see the Defense. What a beautiful place to work.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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marilyna90 wrote a review Oct 2019
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The Salk Institute is hailed as one of Louis Kahn's masterpieces and with good reason. Experiencing these buildings is the best way to understand why the Salk Institute has been renown and a mecca for visitors since it's inception. Particularly stunning is the way in which the buildings frame extraordinay views of the ocean and the sky above it. The architecture seems to embody the important research focus on the "betterment of mankind" that are the cornerstone of the Salk Institute.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Noel78 wrote a review Aug 2019
North Carolina433 contributions303 helpful votes
We wanted to take an architectural tour of the Salk Institute three years ago on our last stop in La Jolla. At that time, all the tours we booked. This time we ordered a deluxe tour for $150 which allows for 10 guests. Well, there were only four of us, but it was worth the donation to the Institute. Dr. Bob, a retired surgeon, led us on an excellent tour, and he has a bi-coastal appreciation of Kahn since he knew his best building (on the Yale campus). I learned a lot more about Dr. Salk and a little bit more about the current labs. There are no interiors shown on the tour, except a brief stop in the library and a quick passage through the attic. These are working laboratories and are not open to interlopers. Let the scientists do their things. Kahn did his thing, and it was a very good one.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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leighh5 wrote a review Jul 2019
San Diego5 contributions4 helpful votes
I've been to a business event here, as well as brought the kids to walk around the courtyard. On the summer solstice, the water points directly into the setting sun. It is beautiful.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Colby S wrote a review Jul 2019
Irvine, California1 031 contributions105 helpful votes
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I just recently got to visit this place and it is absolutely gorgeous! Jonas Salk (who developed the vaccine for polio) wanted to establish a research center in that would continue his vision of helping people through the miracle of science so he hired architect Louis Kahn to design a campus so beautiful that it would be, in his words, “worthy of a visit by Picasso.” I think we can safely say that Louis Kahn succeeded in that goal when the campus was completed in 1965. I walked through the gate, where a helpful guard gave me some useful tips about the site, and approached the complex which is striking in both its monumentality and elegance. There’s something about these buildings built in the Brutalist style that are somehow modern yet ancient at the same time. They were built for scientific research, yet there’s a mystical and ethereal quality that seems to transcend the mortal realm. There’s just a temple-like atmosphere that pervades the space that I noticed while sitting down on a bench behind the fountain that runs through the middle of the courtyard and seemingly stretches beyond the horizon towards the Pacific Ocean. Just as the Mayans built temples and palaces to their gods so long ago in the Yucatán, it feels like Louis Kahn was able to build a temple to science right here in Southern California. I don’t have much else to say than to check it out! It’s definitely worth your time and exploration.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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