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Buildings We Love: Kahn's Exeter Library

Posted on by Lauren Moss

Completed in 1972, the Library at Phillips Exeter Academy is an inspiring manifestation of Louis Kahn's approach to creating space through the honest application of material and use of rational geometry, balanced by an awareness of human scale and the integral role of natural light. 

 Exeter Academy Library | Louis Kahn

Exeter Academy Library | Louis Kahn

 From this interrelationship of form and experience, Kahn creates an architecture that is both humanist and monumental- a juxtaposition that enables a sense of place and timelessness, within a modernist context.

 Phillips Exeter Academy Library, New Hampshire

Phillips Exeter Academy Library, New Hampshire

'Architecture is the thoughtful making of spaces.'  -Louis Kahn

 light + form at Phillips Exeter Library by Louis Kahn

light + form at Phillips Exeter Library by Louis Kahn

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 integrated wood shelving/stacks at openings

integrated wood shelving/stacks at openings

 Exeter Library | view of the ceiling

Exeter Library | view of the ceiling

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