1956-57

Louis I. Kahn, Anne Griswald Tyng

Municipal Administration Building

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Louis I. Kahn, Anne Tyng, Municipal Administrative Building (Philadelphia: sketch, elevation, section), 1956- 57.



2001.07.22
ideas
7. Make note of the similarity between Kahn's Philadelphia Municipal Building and Koolhaas's Seattle Library.


2001.07.23 10:57
Koolhaas reenacting Kahn/Tyng?
There is an striking resemblance between the Koolhaas/OMA Seattle Public Library and Louis Kahn's and Anne Tyng's Municipal Administrative Building project from 1956-57, a design for downtown Philadelphia. See [inactive link] for an elevation and section of the Philadelphia design, and any web search of 'koolhaas seattle library' will provide you with an image of the Seattle design. [The Kahn/Tyng image is a digital snapshot of a detail of page 31 of Louis I. Kahn: Complete Works 1935-1974.]
Could it be that Koolhaas has moved on from reenacting late unbuilt Le Corbusier and American Mies, and is now finding inspiration in early unbuilt Kahn?
Quondam minds want to know what's the next big inspiration, maybe early unbuilt Venturi & Rauch? Koolhaas already reenacted the National Football Hall of Fame with a design for Karlsruhe?


2001.07.23 10:57
Koolhaas reenacting Kahn/Tyng?
There is an striking resemblence between the Koolhaas/OMA Seattle Public Library and Louis Kahn's and Anne Tyng's Muncipal Administrative Building project from 1956-57, a design for downtown Philadelphia.

Could it be that Koolhaas has moved on from reenacting late unbuilt Le Corbusier and American Mies, and is now finding inspiration in early unbuilt Kahn?


2002.05.24 11:40
Re: watching OR...LIKE, venturi-koolhaas
If you want to understand the architecture of VSBA, spend time in Philadelphia where the lion share of the firm's work is (or very near to). Walked through Welcome Park on Wednesday (before going to a promo screening of CQ) and also saw how the Columbus Memorial obelisk fits with its local skyline context. Welcome Park gets cooler each time I'm there, as does Franklin Court (first virtual house of the 20th century, remember?). Right now I'd say Koolhaas is a footnote in Philadelphia's overall architectural history, specifically how Koolhaas re-located(/reenacted) Louis Kahn's Municipal Building of 1948(?) to Seattle as that town's new main library.


2004.05.15 15:27
Koolhaas Library NY Times
Compare the new Seattle Library with Kahn and Tyng's design for a Municipal Building, Philadelphia, 1952-57 (as seen on pp. 30-31 of Louis I. Kahn: Complete Works 1935-1974).
Also look at the color sketch on page 27 which is evocative of other the other recent Koolhaas architecture of irregular shape.
Is a book entitled Learning from Early Kahn Philadelphia virtually in the works?


2008.12.03 00:44
where is the good new architecture?
Personally, I see the Seattle Library design going back to Kahn's early 1950s Municipal Building designs for Philadelphia. Historical analysis within a space-time continuum is more ongoing productivity and less end-product.


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