Preservation Good News: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
by Louis Kahn, La Jolla, CA, USA, 1965. Restoration by Getty Conservation Institute and WJE, 2014-2017
DATE: 26/7/2017
"The Salk Institute´s worn teak windows have been cleaned up, repaired and replaced as part of the conservation of the coastal Californian laboratory designed by American architect Louis Kahn.

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) teamed up with New York-based architecture firm WJE, which stands for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, to restore these prefabricated wooden panels.

The structures had severely deteriorated as a result of the location in La Jolla – a seaside community in San Diego that runs along the Pacific Ocean – and lack of artificial sealers and finishes applied to protect them.
Aiming to conserve as much of the existing features as possible, GCI carried out research to understand the extent of the damage and deterioration, and to determine the necessary repairs.

The restoration of the building, which began in 2014, was funded by the Getty Conservation´s Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI).

It will be followed up by a long-term conservation management of the buildings and the surrounding site that WJE has completed with London-based consultants Peter Inskip + Peter Jenkins Architects.

This project will be funded by a grant from the Getty Foundation´s Keeping It Modern initiative."

More details: website

The Getty Conservation Institute Project Report: link