Kimbell Museum + Kahn Building

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renzo piano building workshop
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The Kimbell’s new Piano pavilion stands alone as an elegant, restrained architectural statement. However, it’s true force in my opinion is how it strikes a very delicate balance between it and the existing Kahn Pavilion. With respect to siting, proportion and design, the conversation is seamless between both.
After shooting the new pavilion for Renzo Piano, the Kimbell asked me to document the iconic 1965-1972 Louis Kahn building . Kahn is one of my architectural heroes. His name comes up more often than others in my conversations with architects, and their heroes.
When I spend several days documenting a building and the people that use it, I get a good sense of its qualities and how it relates to the 700 or so other building I’ve shot. Perhaps it is the era it was built in, or simply it’s refined use of indirect light reflection, but thequality of light inside this building is like nothing I have ever experienced: it is extremely subdued, yet acute enough to give an even, perfectly contrasted level of light uniformity throughout the building. It is the perfect case study in successful natural illumination in museums.

nic lehoux