The Room: the wonder of the beginning. Architecture and archetype in Louis I. Kahn

Journal title TERRITORIO
Author/s Lorenzo Giacomini
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/60 Language Italian
Pages 9 P. 129-137 File size 784 KB
DOI 10.3280/TR2012-060023
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Like a shining shadow, Louis Kahn’s poetry is found in all his works, both built or just designed. In his conferences, Kahn formulates thoughts that often touch on notes of poetry, the sacred, or a mystic science of cosmos where the architect becomes a narrator of our origins. It is not, however, a question of simple cultural ornament, or a search for consensus, but a free inner necessity which produces expression, creation and design, and which translates into categories that literally materialise as architectural forms. ‘The Room’, a 1971 sketch which shows the mind of this great ‘Philosopher by nature’ like a stage, is an emblem of the original node that joins matter and spirit, which binds architecture and thought, architecture and archetype, well beyond the limits of Louis Kahn’s personal experience.

Keywords: Beginning/ruin; threshold; archetype

Lorenzo Giacomini, The Room: la meraviglia dell’inizio. Architettura e archetipo in Louis I. Kahn in "TERRITORIO" 60/2012, pp 129-137, DOI: 10.3280/TR2012-060023