Light as Presence
–An exploration of Louis Kahn’s Architecture

1. Editorial Design
2. Research

2022 Feb-May
Special thanks to Prof. Scott Vander Zee
This project uses design as experimentation and exploration that reflects Louis Kahn’s concept of Light in his philosophy of architecture.

According to Kahn, “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 be- longs to Light.”

The juxtaposition of black, gray, and white to mediate positive and negative spaces conveys the tension of his concept of light. To illustrate the structural system, I use the variation of the indent justification, treating it not only as the visual language as a complex translation of architecture, but also refer to a way of reading with a steady rhythm for the reader to experience.

Grid System

© Leah Chen