My Architect. A Son’s Journey
There are different ways of approaching, understanding, and especially feeling architecture. Nathaniel Kahn chooses to examine the legacy of his father, the renowned architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974), through the eyes of a son who has lost a father figure with many secrets in early childhood and now sets out to find the answer to who he really was. He takes us both on an investigative and sentimental journey to Kahn’s most iconic buildings with the humble attempt „to find whatever was left out there“.
Louis Kahn’s architecture is known to have the feel and presence of ancient ruins that are timeless and monumental. Strangely enough, his designs embody all qualities that his son has been longing for: consequence, symmetry, endurance, order, and above all, clarity. The enormous weight of Kahn’s architectural elements somehow seems to symbolize the yearning for the stability and security of his inner child.
This very personal and honest documentary introduces the most relevant and visionary buildings by Louis Kahn, e.g. Yale University Art Gallery, Richards Medical Research Laboratories, Salk Institute, Philip Exeter Library, Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban in Dakah. Nathaniel Kahn’s very intimate excursion in search of lost and unknown pieces, memories, and diverse voices not only let us become an ally in solving the riddle about his father. Already after a few minutes of watching the documentary, we understand that life itself is a piece of architecture, an expression, and spatialization of our subconsciousness, our relations, and aspirations.