Saturday, April 27, 2013
‘Field trip’ (on a Saturday?) to the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island – my first trip to Roosevelt Island and to this brand new addition to Kahn’s work. Louis Kahn – one of the greatest American Architects – was found dead in a New York subway bathroom, unknown. He may best be known now for the documentary created by his son, ‘My Architect,’ a personal journey to discover the father he barely knew through the works he left behind. His works looked to the past, but are for the future generations. They are monumental.
Like many of Kahn’s designs there is a clear focal point, symmetrical design and use of positive & negative spaces. While the design may not immediately strike one as ‘monumental’ or breath-taking, its simple but subtle nuances are well employed on this small triangle of land.
From the Southern tip of Roosevelt Island one can look directly across the river to U.N. – another well known piece of architecture and a view that is rarely enjoyed of the U.N.
Do you know what the Four Freedoms are?