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The Dominican Motherhouse

Precedent Analysis
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Javier Villarroel

on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of The Dominican Motherhouse

The Dominican Motherhouse
Louis Kahn
Born in Estonia in February 20th, 1901
Migrated to the United States in 1906
Became an American citizen in 1914
Died March 17th, 1974 in New York City

Studied architecture at the UPenn - graduated 1924
Worked in offices of famous architects of Pennsylvania (John Molitor, George Howe and Oscar Storonov)
Developed distinctive architectural style until his 50s in the American Academy of Rome
Visited ancient buildings in Italy, Greece, & Egypt
Entrance
Monumentality
Kahn saw iconic structures scattered around the ancient world and their both powerful and beautiful presence
Why stop producing structures with powerful use of silence, light, and geometry?
Classrooms
Chapel
Courtyard
Courtyard
Courtyard
Tower
Tower
Tower
Tower
Cells
Sequences of Spaces - Path
Cafeteria, Socializing Spaces, Prayer Spaces
Public, Private, and Transitional Space
Relationship of Building to Light
Circulation within the Building
Progress
Spacial Organization of Singular Repetitive Elements
Levels of Hierarchy
Sketch Plan of a Single Cell
Site Plan 1"=160'
Also very well known for use of light, and the influence of nature within a structure.
"Society of Spaces"
"Architecture of Connection"
Privacy
Geometry
Axon
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