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Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Identification

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
257504

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
wood
modernism

Usages

wet laboratory
institutional office

Facts

  • In December 1959, Jonas Salk and Louis Kahn began a unique partnership to design a facility "worthy of a visit by Picasso."
  • In March 1960, Salk and Kahn went to the San Diego City Council to request a gift of land on the Torrey Pines Mesa overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
  • Approval was given and later affirmed by the citizens of San Diego in a special referendum in June 1960.
  • Groundbreaking took place in 1962.
  • When the first laboratory was opened in 1963, in temporary buildings which were used while construction was underway, there were five senior scientists and their research teams.

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Location

10010 N Torrey Pines Road
10010 N Torrey Pines Road
92037
San Diego
California
U.S.A.

Awards

Technical Data

48.76 ft
4
1
1959
1966

Involved Companies

Louis I. Kahn

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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