Known for designing the most suitable spaces to highlight the best features of an art object and of architecture itself, Khan was inspired by antiquity (rather than modernity) to conceive a sense of architecture that fused historical and aesthetic influences. His quest for an architecture that grows out of a sense of place while mindful of its social responsibility and influenced by established architectural mores was best described by himself as a process of ‘wrapping ruins around buildings.’
As a narrative of tales of defiance against dominant architectural styles, this is an exhibition not to be missed. As an education on the life and career of Louis Khan a master architect and his restraint and respect for space, light, materiality and humanity, this is most certainly a lesson to learn and not to be forgotten.
‘Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture’ is open to the public at the Design Museum in London between 9 July and 12 October 2014.