Day 363: Something Beautiful: The Light of Louis Kahn

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Bangladesh. One of the most beautiful facets of artistic endeavor is that great art is the intersection of many forms—not just visual aesthetic but often movement and poetry. Louis Kahn, Russian born American architect, shows how this happens in his magnificent  800px-National_Assembly_of_Bangladesh,_Jatiyo_Sangsad_Bhaban,_2008,_1Jatiyo Sangsbad Bhaban (National Parliament House of Bangladesh). His interior designs of light was what caught my eye in searching how great architecture deals with light. But it his philosophy and vision that spoke to me— sublimely poetic.

 

 

About the Bangladesh structure, Kahn said —

In the assembly I have introduced a light-giving element to the interior of the plan. If you see a series of columns you can say that the choice of columns is a choice in light. The columns as solids frame the spaces of light. Now think of it just in reverse and think that the columns are hollow and much bigger and that their walls can themselves give light, then the voids are rooms, and the column is the maker of light and can take on complex shapes and be the supporter of spaces and give light to spaces. I am working to develop the element to such an extent that it becomes a poetic entity which has its own beauty outside of its place in the composition. In this way it becomes analogous to the solid column I mentioned above as a giver of light.

It was not belief, not design, not pattern, but the essence from which an institution could emerge…

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Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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