Category: architecture

John Berkey cover art for Gladiator-at-Law by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, 1969.

A WWII flak tower looms large over Hamburg, Germany, 2011.

(Pablo Necochea)

The Switzerland Pavilion at the Expo ’70 world’s fair in Osaka, Japan. Photo by
Ferdinando Scianna

The otherworldly Takara Beautilion pavilion at the Expo ‘70 world’s fair in Osaka, Japan. Designed by Kisho Kurokawa.

Disney concept art shows the crystal pyramids of the Imagination pavilion at EPCOT Center, printed in Future Life, March 1981.

A World War II flak tower in Hamburg, Germany.

Boeing technicians work inside a massive fuel tank on stage 1 of a Saturn V rocket. It holds about 331,000 gallons of liquid oxygen.

The Expo 58 world’s fair in Brussels, Belgium, photographed by Dolf Kruger.

(Geheugen van Nederland)

The “Luftschutzbunker” flak tower in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, Germany.


The Carrousel Motor Hotel in Houston, built in 1961, designed by William Tamminga. And wow, just wow, read this: “In 1967 the Carrousel Motor Hotel was a defendant in an important civil rights case decided by the Texas Supreme Court. Plaintiff Emmit Fisher, an African American mathematician for NASA, was attending a conference at the motel and was in line to eat lunch when the manager grabbed his plate out of his hand and yelled that a `negro could not be served.` The court decided in favor of Fisher citing that assault and battery can (and did) occur without physical harm. By 1975, the Carrousel Motor Hotel closed but reopened under ownership of John Coil who opened it as an `adult movie luxury motel` according to an article in the March 1976 issue of Texas Monthly. Just a couple months later, Texas Monthly ran another article featuring the Carrousel`s new membership club, `Dare to be Bare.` After a slew of lawsuits from 1977-1988, the Carrousel Motor Hotel closed for good.”