Salk Institute (La Jolla)
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"If you’ve never witnessed the Salk Institute in La Jolla, you’re missing out on one of San Diego’s most valuables. There are so many elements that make the Salk as majestic as it is.
First, the location. The Salk overlooks the Pacific Ocean and I’m not talking about one of those lame half-views people pay $1.357 million for. The view from the Salk’s grand courtyard is unobstructed and breathtaking. I’ve visited the Salk twice for business meetings and I always take a moment to absorb my glorious surroundings.
Next, the architecture. Not only was Jonas Salk a brilliant mind, he was a man of excellent taste. Salk’s selection of Louis Kahn as architect resulted in nothing short of a modern masterpiece. Kahn believed in open space and natural light, both of which are reflected throughout the campus. There are massive windows, cool steel and unfinished teak - all of which come together in simple, quiet architectural beauty. If you can spare your lunch hour, Salk offers free guided architectural tours during the week.
Last, something must be said about the incomprehensible genius, past and present, that’s housed in the Salk. AIDS, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and many more devastating diseases are being studied by some of the most brilliant minds in the world and we are fortunate to have them working, researching and pioneering mere miles away. For them, for Jonas Salk and for his masterful institute, San Diego, and the world, is a better place.”