Falling in perhaps both the genres of "futurist" and "kitsch", Googie architecture is a classification for buildings which take on certain exaggerated, stylized characteristics, such as:

cantilevered structures, acute angles, illuminated plastic paneling, freeform boomerang and artist's palette shapes and cutouts, and tailfins on buildings.

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Wikipedia also does a great job of elaborating on where in the U.S. these features are common (Las Vegas, Miami, Southern California); however, no examples of where else in the world this kind of architecture could be found.

Is it exclusive to the U.S.? If not, where else should I travel to see more of it? Perhaps Russia has some places due to the style's connection to the Space Race?

  • Probably the new extension to the Tate Modern might qualify. It will be finished soon. The connection to travel, however, is tenuous. I'm asking the higher ups to make a ruling on your question as off topic or not.
    – Gayot Fow
    Jun 24, 2015 at 2:51
  • It certainly exists in Canada. Does that count as outside US? ;-)
    – gerrit
    Jun 24, 2015 at 11:29
  • If anyone needs examples, watch the original "The Jetson's" cartoons. Also the original Disneyland's Tomorrowland was originally done in the Googie style.
    – CGCampbell
    Jun 24, 2015 at 13:04
  • @JoErNanO - That makes sense to me. I essentially want to know where I can go see these things internationally, if they exist. Jun 24, 2015 at 15:21
  • Concerning the photo in the question, it seems questionable whether a street sign is a good example for architecture, unless you are specifically looking for signs rather than buildings. Jun 26, 2015 at 18:19

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You might want to take a look at Oscar Niemeyer's buildings in Brasília, Brazil, such as:

The National Cathedral:

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The Palacio do Planalto:

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The National Congress:

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I don't know if the exact term "Googie" was ever applied to Niemeyer's work, but it's definitely of the same vintage and has a space-age feel to it.

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