Of particular interest is the approach that conservationists will take to care for the teak "window walls" for which the structure is known. Their findings will be shared with the preservation community at large.
Taking care of Modern architecture has been a priority for preservationists since the late 1980s, as structures neared 50 years of age.
The Salk Institute, site of scientific research and study, consists of two mirror-image wings that flank a travertine-paved central plaza. The architecture is minimalist, marked by the contrast of utilitarian concrete and the teak windows walls.
The investigation phase of the project has just started and is expected to take 18 months.