Kimbell Art Museum--page 1 (of two pages)

Louis Kahn

This simple but elegant building is often described as Kahn's greatest masterpiece. In many ways it is the antithesis of monumental. Note, for example, the drive-in entrance below. The form is simple, using repeated units (which is characteristic of Kahn's works). The structure is comprised of a series of one-story barrel-vaulted spaces--units 100 feet long and 23 feet wide connected by eight foot channels which contain service elements. Six vaults in a row flank the four inner vaults. It is constructed of concrete and travertine.

The street-side entrance

See additional views of Joan Miró's Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument

Distant and oblique views showing the six vaults


Left and center: the south end with the sunken courtyard with Noguchi's basalt monoliths

See additional views of Isamu Noguchi's Constellation (for Louis Kahn).

The park facade entrance from the exterior and interior

In this central section two rows of vaults are eliminated (leaving only four)
The vaults are separated from the walls by an arc of glass. See also views of the interior.

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See also Sculpture at the Kimbell Museum of Art.

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