Beam Me Up: 10 Awesome Space-Age Buildings

Selfridges Original Building
Selfridges, Birmingham, England

Yesterday, a 1930 image of an unknown person's impression of what Houston would look like 50 years later circulated on Twitter. 1930's idea of 1980 is incredibly cooler than what 1980 ended up actually being, and is filled with a sort of Gothic art deco reminiscent of Metropolis.

It's always fun to see what one period's idea of the future was and then see how the future actually turned out. These space-age houses, for example, were probably cutting-edge and futuristic when they were first built; ironically, they are now recognizably vintage, as embedded in the past as beehives and Bobby Darin.

With the final space shuttle mission fully underway, we thought it would be nice to revisit these buildings and to remember what we once thought (or still think) the future would look like.

Space house
Mexico City

 

Space house - Pensacola Beach, Fl
Pensacola Beach, Florida

 

OH Carlisle - Flying Saucer House
Carlisle, Ohio

 

more podlike housing
Sanzhi, China

 

space age house 29 palms
29 Palms, California

 

Space age boat house
We're not sure where this is, but it sure is cool.

 

habitat-67
Habitat '67, Montreal, Canada

 

Harkleroad Space-Age Round House Novato CA
Novato, California

 

El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts)
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts), Valencia, Spain

 

Crab - Museum of Vancouver and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium
Museum of Vancouver and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Planetarium, Vancouver, Canada

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