According to its webpage at, "The Salk Institute was established in the 1960s by Jonas Salk, M.D., the developer of the polio vaccine. His goal was to establish an institute that would explore questions about the basic principles of life. He wanted to make it possible for biologists and others to work together in a collaborative environment that would encourage them to consider the wider implications of their discoveries for the future of humanity."


As a photographer, this modernist citadel of concrete is a fabulous location to investigate form and function.  The facility was designed by architect Louis I. Kahn, and one article refers to the campus as a place where "concrete meets calm."  See what you think!