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The Space Age Aesthetic: Influencing Architecture and Interiors | ArchDaily

Saturating popular culture, architecture, interiors and fashion, the Space Age aesthetic offered a new vision of futurism and prosperity

Futuristic shopping center. Image via The Jetsons, 1962 / Hanna-Barbera Productions
Futuristic shopping center. Image via The Jetsons, 1962 / Hanna-Barbera Productions

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The dawn of nuclear power, dramatic advances in rocketry, and the desire to be the first to put men into space and on the moon, kick-started an era known as the ‘Space Age’. Upon the closure of WW2, both the Soviets and the Allies found themselves in a state of antagonism, as they both began to struggle to make advancements in space exploration before the other, a race for space. The era would give way to rapid advancements in technology and huge accomplishments including the moon landing in 1969. The Space Age aesthetic completely changed the way designers visualized the new world and left a dramatic impression on architecture and interiors. A new vision of futurism and prosperity.

The Robinson Family on their home the Jupiter 2 spaceship. Image via Lost in Space, 1965-1968 / Irwin Allen
The Robinson Family on their home the Jupiter 2 spaceship. Image via Lost in Space, 1965-1968 / Irwin Allen

The rise of Googie architecture in the US from the mid-’40s to the ’70s originated in California. Popular in the design of gas stations, motels and coffee houses, the style is characterized by its heavy use of glass, steel, neon, up-swept roofs and geometric shapes. It presents forms symbolic of that of motion, visualizations of flying saucers, atoms etc. Influences including car culture and both the space and atomic age offered a basis for these new and outlandish architectural forms.

The Theme building (1961) at Los Angeles International Airport . Image © Alberto Gonzales
The Theme building (1961) at Los Angeles International Airport . Image © Alberto Gonzales

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