Kahn in the House

So what if you can't live in a house designed by Louis Kahn? At least he can grace your coffee table.

The Kimbell Art Museum’s exhibit honoring its own architect, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture, wraps up at the end of this month. Considered one of the great builders of the 20th century, Kahn is also the genius behind the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The exhibit exists alongside the first comprehensive publication on Kahn in 20 years, Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture. Here, other books in Kahn’s honor perfect for consumption or display.

You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn
by Wendy Lesser
The story of Louis Kahn is as compelling as his architecture. In this book, author Wendy Lesser explores both, shining a light on the complexity of Kahn’s personal life through interviews with his children, colleagues and students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between Silence and Light: Spirit in the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn
by John Lobell 
Heavy on photography, this coffee-table book boasts many of Kahn’s original words and gives a glimpse into the creative thinking behind the man.

 

 

 

 

The Houses of Louis Kahn
by George H. Marcus, William Whitaker
While Kahn’s museums are widely admired, the houses he designed are often overlooked. This large hardcover takes a look at his nine private houses through period photographs and original drawings.

 

 

 

 

Louis I. Kahn
by Joseph Rosa
Part of TASCHEN Books Basic Art Series, this 96-page hardcover explores 17 of Kahn’s most important buildings.