Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall. The sunlight did not know what it was before it hit a wall.

โ€” Louis Kahn

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A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.


Even a room which must be dark needs at least a crack of light to know how dark it is.


Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.


A city is the place of availabilities.

It is the place where a small boy, as he walks through it, may see something that will tell him what he wants to do his whole life.


Even a brick wants to be something


I sense a Threshold: Light to Silence, Silence to Light - an ambiance of inspiration, in which the desire to be, to express, crosses with the possible Light to Silence, Silence to Light crosses in the sanctuary of art.


A room is not a room without natural light.


The Sun does not realise how wonderful it is until after a room is made.


Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.


Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.


Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.


The person of old had the same brilliance of mind that we assume we have now.

But that which made a thing become manifest for the first time is our great moment of creative happening.


About Louis Kahn

Quotes 39 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Architect
Birthday February 20, 1901

In a small room one does not say what one would in a large room.


The crocodile must want to be a crocodile for reasons of the crocodile


Architecture is what nature cannot make.

Architecture is something unnatural but not something made up.


The room is the beginning of architecture.


You can never learn anything that is not a part of yourself.


If people want to see Beaux-Arts, it's fine with me.

I'm interested in good architecture as anybody else.


Just think, that man can claim a slice of the sun.


Architects in planning rooms today have forgotten their faith in natural light.

Depending on the touch of a finger to a switch, they are satisfied with static light and forget the endlessly changing qualities of natural light, in which a room is a different room every second of the day.


How precious a book is in light of the offering, in the light of the one who has the privilege of this offering. The library tells you of this offering


I sense Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent Light.

What is made by Light casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.


I Use The Square To Begin My Solutions Because The Square Is A Non-choice, Really. In The Course Of Development, I Search For The Forces That Would Disprove The Square.


The first thing that an architect must do is to sense that every building you build is a world of its own, and that this world of its own serves an institution.


How accidental our existences are, really, and how full of influence by circumstance.


Every building must have... its own soul.


A work of art... is not a living thing... that walks or runs. But the making of a life. That which gives you a reaction. To some it is the wonder of man's fingers. To some it is the wonder of the mind. To some it is the wonder of technique. And to some it is how real it is. To some, how transcendent it is. Like the 5th Symphony, it presents itself with a feeling that you know it, if you have heard it once.


Thoughts exchanged by one and another are not the same in one room as in another.


The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need.

The world never needed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it.


The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building.


The nature of space reflects what it wants to be.


I try to create homes, not houses.


All material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of Light which has been spent, and this crumpled mass called material casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.


Also marvelous in a room is the light that comes through the windows of a room and that belongs to the room. The sun does not realize how beautiful it is until after a room is made. A manโ€™s creation, the making of a room, is nothing short of a miracle. Just think, that a man can claim a slice of the sun.


I just want to make my last demand in reverence to the work of what has been done by architects of the past. what was, has always been. what is, has always been. and what will be, has always been. such is the nature of beginning.


Greek architecture taught me that the column is where the light is not, and the space between is where the light is. It is a matter of no-light, light, no-light, light. A column and a column brings light between them. To make a column which grows out of the wall and which makes its own rhythm of no-light, light, no-light, light: that is the marvel of the artist.


Architecture is the thoughtful making of space


We are born of light. The seasons are felt through light. We only know the world as it is evoked by light.

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