Conserving the Teak Window Wall Assemblies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


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.

How to Cite

Lardinois, S., & Normandin, K. (2018). Conserving the Teak Window Wall Assemblies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Docomomo Journal, (58), 30–39.




Author Biographies

Sara Lardinois, Getty Conservation Institute

Project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, USA. She manages the Salk Institute conservation project and Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment initiative and works on the GCI’s project at the Tomb of Tutankhamen and MOSAIKON initiative. A licensed California architect, she holds an architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame and received additional training at ICCROM (the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property). Prior to joining the Getty, she worked in private practice in San Francisco, with much of her work located in the US National Parks, and also consulted on conservation projects in Turkey, Egypt, and Yemen.

Kyle Normandin

Associate Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was formerly a Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute and has contributed numerous technical papers on architectural conservation of cultural heritage; he serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Architectural Conservation. He holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is the Chair of the APT (Association for Preservation Technology International) Technical Committee on Modern Heritage and is also a member of the APT College of Fellows. He is the former Chair of the docomomo ISC/Technology.