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Casabella Series Explores Gordon Bunshaft's Career, Starting with 1939 World's Fair

Venezuela Pavilion at 1939 New York World's Fair. Photo © Richard Garrison

In a five-part series for Casabella, architectural historian Nicholas Adams will explore the life and career of Gordon Bunshaft, with a focus on some of his lesser-known projects completed throughout his career at SOM. In the February issue, Adams highlights Bunshaft's design for the Venezuela Pavilion for the 1939 World's Fair in New York City.

SOM was selected by the New York World's Fair Commission to provide master planning and design coordination, as well as exhibit design, for the 1939 World's Fair. With the theme "World of Tomorrow," the landmark event presented images of an imagined future to an estimated 60 million visitors.

The Venezuela Pavilion, according to Adams, is where Gordon Bunshaft first expressed his distinctive approach to design: "Here he was able to begin his experimentation with the new modern architecture that had absorbed his attention... Bunshaft encapsulated the country’s modernity in an aerodynamic glass box."

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