In the Kahn Way

“If you know what something will be like in fifty years, it means that you are able to accomplish it now. But in reality you don't know, because that thing in fifty years will be what it wants to be ”. The skill of an architect is often recognizable when his work, after some time and once completed, responds to the needs for which it was created. Kahn has always best interpreted the function of what he was called to design. I like to remember the Point Counterpoint II, a ship containing a traveling orchestra that travels the world with its music. Here the function is immediately clearly delineated reaching the goal in full, the result is a boat that in travel, on hazy days, is confused for a spaceship, both for its shape and for its function. The project denotes how our reality is changing. Today the change is perceptible and there is no need to go back because we have the possibility of being the protagonists of what many call the Renaissance 2.0. We are there in front of this wonderful blank sheet, where everything has to be rewritten, and we don't know how things will change but we can try to imagine it. Architecture is the means that makes this change possible.

Lorenzo Morelli.

Louis Kahn's floating concert hall

Point Counterpoint II // photo by Joseph || flick

Louis Kahn - Point Counterpoint Barge in Fair Haven // photo by Isaiah King || flick

Concert-goers gather Saturday at John C. Stennis Lock and Dam for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra concert. A crowd of 2,000 braved the 100-degree heat to attend the event.
Photo by: Sam Gause / Dispatch Staff

Point Counterpoint II // photo by Joseph || flick