Modernizing a Modern Icon: Renovation of Kahn’s Richards Laboratories
Examine Louis Kahn’s concept that all architectural elements should be considered in relation to one another, when renovating one of his existing historic buildings, and how this was applied to redesigning the HVAC systems.
Explore a shining example of the 20th century Modern Movement in. Completed in 1961, Louis Kahn’s Richards Medical Research Laboratory was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 2008. In this session, we’ll examine Kahn’s concept that all architectural elements should be considered in relation to one another when renovating an existing historic building, and how this was applied to redesigning the HVAC systems.
Upgrading and replacing the HVAC systems required a comprehensive understanding of the building’s exterior envelope, interior design, structure, and systems. The design solution—developed by a team of architects and engineers—not only meets the functional requirements of environmental control, but also retains the character-defining qualities of Kahn’s design.
- Understand the design approach of the 20th century Modern Movement and how this impacted the design of buildings and engineered systems.
- Learn about Louis Kahn’s particular design ethos, how this was representative of the period, and how it was manifested in his projects, particularly the Richards Building
- Examine the importance of a fully integrated design team in the evaluation, design and implementation of a building renovation where architecture and engineering are interwoven as a single design.
- Investigate the assessment and evaluation tools that can be used to provide consistent data and information to the project team as the design is being developed to help guide the decision-making process regarding systems design, material selection and space planning.
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