Conserving the Teak Window Wall Assemblies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Sara Lardinois, Kyle Normandin

In 2013 the Salk Institute for Biological Studies partnered with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) to commence development of a conservation program for the long-term care of the teak window walls. Phase 1 of the program included preliminary historic research and an assessment of significance, surveys and investigative inspection openings, wood and fungus identification, and analyses of past surface treatments. Guidelines were then developed based on three treatment approaches, ranging from in situ cleaning and treatment, to selective repairs, and finally in-kind replacement of teak wood. In Phase 2 of the work, the GCI and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) developed a trial mock-up program to assess the protocols of the three treatments. This article will review the overarching goal of the treatment approaches, integrating conservation and repair needs with select modifications to the window detailing to improve long-term performance, including surface treatments to protect the teak wood and retard fungal growth and weathering over time.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Louis Kahn, Modern monumentality, Conservation of modern architecture, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Teak Window Wall Assemblies, USA modern architecture.

Issue 58
Year 2018
Pages 30-39

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