The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it.
Louis Kahn, on the Brooklyn Bridge
So it has to be perfect, you see. It has to be perfect. It can’t be impatient. It’s timeless.
Vincent Scully, in My Architect (dir. Nathaniel Kahn)
Modernity and timeless great presence; that’s what he wanted. When he found who he was and what he meant to do, Louis Kahn was almost fifty years old. He found it, visiting and thinking and seeing, one summer in Rome.