Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this famous group of buildings is a temple celebrating the triumph of science and rationalism as one of the pinnacles of human achievement. Although some find the concrete slab construction to be cold and intimidating, others like me find the simplicity and relationship of the structure to the physical site to be exhilarating, with its central plaza opening toward the sea and sky; walking through and around the buildings is like inhabiting a piece of sculpture, with startling views of pools and plantings framed by stairways, arches and jutting walls. The visionary structural concepts are also reflected in the flexible, open layout of the research spaces, which can be glimpsed through walls of glass that run the length of each laboratory unit, scientists can unobtrusively be glimpsed at work. Guided tours are available. It's a must-see.
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