Louis I. Kahn

Hurva Synagogue     Jerusalem

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Analogous Building   2287
Ideal City Reenactment   2297
Hurva Dormitories   2375
Circle Squared Museum   2393
Complex Religious   2434

not there   3800m

Osmosis and Electro-Magnetism: an Outside Inside Architecture
A comparative analysis between the Pantheon and Hurva Synagogue.

changing x, y, and z scales
...the computer capability of changing x, y, and z scales independently of each other... ...Hurva Synagogue.

scale and architecture
...Hurva Synagogue, the Tower of Shadows, and the Museum of Arts & Crafts... ...compared to each other with respect to sun breakers (brise-soliel). The issue of sun breaker stemming from Hurva Synagogue is more akin to the Altes Museum (with its large inside/outside porch).
The general issue remains, however, and that is how the modulation of sunlight into a building provides a scale for the building.

scale and architecture
...comparison between the Tower of Shadows and Hurva Synagogue, in that they are both temples (of a sort), and programmatically they are large central spaces surrounded by smaller articulated spaces, and this issue of light modulation is important to both buildings.

regarding Hurva Synagogue
Hurva Synagogue brings up some very interesting scale issues, especially with regard to its "new" use of a double high order (the prayer cells) and its double high porch. This aspect makes the synagogue comparable to the Altes Museum (split elevation, Hurva Synagogue rotated 450). The prayer cells do make Hurva Synagogue monumental and it is this exterior monumental scale that reflects and complements the interior monumental space.
Rotating the plan of Hurva Synagogue 450 also brings to mind a comparison with the Villa Rotunda (stairs in all four direction and a central space surrounded by smaller cells; a plan and elevational split comparison). This comparison brings up the issue of the Greek Cross plan and whether Kahn was merely rotating the Greek Cross 450 when he was conceptualizing the design of Hurva Synagogue.

model data
...worm's eye axonometrics... ...Hurva Synagogue.

Hurva Synagogue with Maison l'Homme.


transparent models
presenting some models with the triangles transparent. ...Hurva Synagogue.

individual building comparisons
In putting together the plan [scale] comparisons, I have come upon some ideas that I never had before--comparing Hurva Synagogue and St. Pierre Firminy-Vert as religious architecture...
The Hurva Synagogue-St. Pierre comparison is mostly about similar scales in plan, but very different scales in elevation. As religious buildings, their comparison also may shed insight upon their respective fulfillments of religious programs. I will have to experiment with the models together before I may really see he real value of comparing them.
...comparing Hurva Synagogue to the Pantheon.     3412

Altes Museum - Hurva Synagogue connection
...the idea of comparing Hurva Synagogue with the Pantheon, ...it might be interesting to combine the model of Hurva Synagogue with that of the Altes Museum. Essentially, Hurva Synagogue would take the place of the museum's rotunda.

animated gifs
Showing a model being pieced together part by part... ...Hurva Synagogue.

exploiting Quondam
hyper building additions, religious conversions (Hurva Synagogue goes Christian, etc.)...

...the idea of rotate-extruding building sections... ...the sections can be from any building like Hurva Synagogue. A building composed of a number of various extruded sections would be innovative.

Quondam Wavelengths
...put St. Pierre Firminy-Vert inside of Hurva Synagogue.

A completion of Hurva Synagogue; holding up the roof.

Some[what] Incompletely Louis I. Kahn
Architecture of osmosis/electromagnetism (Kimbell Art Museum and Hurva Synagogue) and thus discussion of Body, Imagination, Architecture. I also had the idea of reenacting Erdman Hall via a manipulation of the Hurva Synagogue model.

2002.05.26 15:27
Re: Virtual Architecture and Art?
Computers seem to have a lot to do with virtual architecture, most likely because of the new drawing dexterity that computers provide architects. Beyond that, however, computers/CAD enable whole new visualizations of architecture. I am not so much interested in creating virtual environments, as much as environments parallel to real-time/place reality. For example, designing and (virtually) building an addition to Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, or imagining oneself as an architect as squatter within Louis Kahn's Hurva Synagogue. In the sense of creating a whole other history of architecture parallel to the real present

Finding the New Testement Buried in Snow
2002.08.31     2002a

2005.03.22 10:26
church and synagogue
Since learning that Le Corbusier's St. Pierre at Firminy-Vert is again under construction and slated for completion 2006 I had been thinking about the 3D CAD model of this building design in Quondam's collection. I was reminded of (a set of 1998 Quondam web pages that exhibited) how the plan of St. Pierre fit very nicely into the sanctuary of Louis Kahn's Hurva Synagogue.
Yesterday, I placed the model of St. Pierre inside the model of Hurva Synagogue, and started rendering images of the results. I thought I was really just playing until I thought about the architectural implications of designing a Roman Catholic Church within a Jewish Synagogue. Would such an architecture speak to how Christianity is more or less wrapped in Judaism? And, given the nature of the Hurva design, there is every evocation of St. Pierre being "wrapped with ruins."

2005.03.22 12:06
my first 3D CAD model of a Mosque
You know that St. Pierre Hurva Synagogue model I just wrote about generating yesterday? Well, you know what? It looks just like a Mosque! Does that mean that Islam is wrapped in Christianity?

2007.04.23 17:08
Featured Discussion: Volume
St. Pierre Firminy-Vert church by Le Corbusier
Hurva Synagogue by Louis I. Kahn
composition 1 a : the act or action of composing : the formation of a whole especially by different things being put together
To confuse or not to confuse, that is de-territorialization?
The church/synagogue composition came as a result of seeing how the plan of the church fit almost perfectly within the sanctuary(?) of the synagogue. And, since I had a model of both buildings, I just wanted to see the superimposition in 3D. And upon seeing that I thought, "Gosh, that kinda looks like a mosque." Trust me, de-territorialized thinking isn't necessarily brilliant, although for the most part uninhibited.



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