Jun 15, 2012 · 12:00 PM
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Join us for a noontime architectural tour of the Salk Institute in La Jolla. We had such a great time last year here! The hourlong tour is limited to 6 attendees from our group. The tour is free; a $2 charge is requested to reserve your spot. All proceeds will be donated to the Salk Institute.
Parking: Free visitor parking is available just west of the Institute on Torrey Pines Scenic Drive.
More about the Salk: The Salk Institute campus represents a unique blend of form and function. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the campus supports 61 faculty members and a scientific staff of more than 850 doing powerful biological research.
Jonas Salk had a distinctive vision for the creation of the Institute. In the early 1960s, he directed the world-renowned architect Louis Kahn to provide spacious, unobstructed laboratory spaces that could be adapted to the ever-changing needs of science. The building materials had to be simple, strong, durable, and as maintenance-free as possible. Salk summarized his aesthetic objectives by telling the architect to "create a facility worthy of a visit by Picasso." Kahn, who was a devoted artist before he became an architect, responded to this challenge.
In 1992, the Salk received a 25-Year Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is featured in the AIA exhibit Structures of Our Time: 31 Buildings That Changed Modern Life. The Salk Institute has been described in the San Diego Union-Tribune as the single most significant architectural site in San Diego.