Salk Institute

10010 N. Torrey Pines Rd. La Jolla CA

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The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is an architectural marvel located on the cliffs of La Jolla.

The architecture of Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, is referred to as the "Acropolis of Modernism"

Completed in 1965, Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the vaccine for polio, established the institute as a think tank for molecular biology and genetics, neurosciences, and plant biology, as it remains today. The institute is made up of 29 structures that house 850 scientific staff members. Dr. Salk was one of the first to embrace the idea we now call sustainability.

He hired world-renowned architect Louis I. Kahn to design the building to be strong, durable and as maintenance free as possible. With a predominance of concrete, other materials include steel, glass, lead and teak. In 2012 the institute won an award for energy efficiency. A peaceful water feature with a spring leads into a stream in the middle of the symmetrical structures that end in a pool that cascades to a level below, all with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. Architectural tours are offered Monday through Friday at 12 p.m. with reservation.

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10010 N. Torrey Pines Rd. La Jolla CA 92037 U.S.


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