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The Googie Capri Lanes in Columbus Ohio - photo by ifranz
You may have never known the 1950's and '60's architectural design by name, but you probably recognize its distinctive style. It could be found at car washes, auto dealerships, bowling alleys, motels, and coffee shops. Today, the look serves as a time capsule of the 1950's - a wonderfully silly result of America's emerging car culture colliding with the Sputnik era.
Googie takes its name from a long defunct Sunset Strip coffee shop. The style is heavily influenced by the excesses of Las Vegas and Miami Beach of the 1930s and '40s. A product of the atomic age, Googie capitalized on America's insatiable optimism about the future - a time when downsizing hadn't been conceived.
There are several classic Googie building elements: giant, look-at-me neon signs, diagonal lines, boomerang curves, starburst sparkles, bubbling circles, out of whack squares, undulating canopies, zig zag roofs, amoeba shaped cutouts and sloping glass walls.
The term was coined in 1952 by House and Home Magazine editor Douglas Haskell - and it soon swept through architectural schools.
There were four basic tenets of Googie; design themes should be combined in an abstract way, buildings should appear to defy gravity, structural systems should be combined and visible, new building materials like plastic, cement and glass should be utilized. Googie peaked between 1954 and 1964.
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