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 “A spellbinding account of the artistic and intellectual maturation of one of the most important and influential architects of the last century. It is quite simply the most important book on Kahn to be published in over two decades.”—Michael J. Lewis, Williams College, author of American Art and Architecture
(Michael J. Lewis 2013-03-05)

“Reveals an architect of mythic stature working on an intimate scale”—Elle Décor (Elle Décor)

"If you thought you knew all there was to know about Kahn, read this splendid book—there is still more to learn about the greatest American architect of the second half of the 20th century." —Witold Rybczynski, Designers & Books
(Witold Rybczynski Designers & Books)

"The Houses of Louis Kahn. . . provides an architectural bridge between the personal and the professional stories, focusing on the nine houses Kahn completed, and designs for two dozen more. The story told by the authors, George H. Marcus and William Whitaker, is one of warm client relations, attention to the smallest domestic detail and a philosophical search for the best arrangement of rooms to call home.”—New York Times
(New York Times)

“An important addition to the scholarship about Louis Kahn by addressing a portion of his oeuvre lesser known but certainly not less significant.“—Docomomo
(Docomomo)

Winner of the 2014 Athenaeum Literary Award for Art and Architecture given by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
(Literary Award for Art and Architecture Athenaeum of Philadelphia 2014-04-11)

“Marcus and Whitaker have not only directed superb scholarship to the study of Kahn's houses—both built and unbuilt—but have shown that the houses can be a lens on a broader understanding of Kahn's philosophy, his interpretation of Modernism, and his appreciation of the vernacular. They show how Kahn evaluated clients and how he designed spaces that would allow each house to become a personalized ideal—a home.”–Susan G. Soloman, Architectural Record
(Susan G. Soloman Architectural Record)

About the Author

George H. Marcus is adjunct assistant professor of the history of art at the University of Pennsylvania. William Whitaker is curator of the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, which houses the Louis I. Kahn Collection.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300171188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300171181
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Gleespen on December 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best studies of an architect's residential work that I've ever read. It thoroughly reviews Kahn's built and unbuilt residential projects, and provides many photos of the construction process, built works, plans, sketches and models of the various projects. The progression in Kahn's residential work over time is very well depicted and described. I have read many of the books on Kahn, and this one has so much I've never seen before--the authors' use of records from the Kahn Collection in the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania is significant. One of the best aspects of the book is the very well written description of Kahn's working process with clients. In so many books you see the finished works and as-built drawings in isolation from client background, discussions with clients, preliminary sketches, early plans, adjustments in scope related to client programmatic requirements and cost issues, refined drawings. This book gives you all that as well as great and numberous photos of the final building and plans. The pictures of plans are big enough to make out the text. You'll see photos of famous works that aren't shown in any other books on Kahn's houses. This is a great book that is easy to enjoy.
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A beautifully designed and executed book. Especially interesting were the background stories of each house, Kahn's philosophy of what a "home" is and the interaction and integration of the the clients' wishes with the design of the home.
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This book was a gift to my son and his girlfriend who are both architects. I cannot rate it myself but they commented that, besides beautiful house pictures, it is more than just a coffee table book, thanks to the architectural drawing and diagrams also contained. They were very pleased.
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Great book - excellent analysis of Louis Kahn's work but written for both non-architects and architects. It will be a great gift.
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This is a question about the book, with a review to follow. Does the book include enough information to allow me to find the houses? I'm currently in PA two hours from Philly and would like to see them.
Thanks.
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