Best Architecture In The Movies

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The inspiration behind the Stark Residence in Iron Man

Not every movie, no matter how good, deserves a sequel. The same applies to posts, but we couldn’t help ourselves. Still riding the Oscar highs (and lows…), we spent this past week streaming films to find more of Architecture in Movies (see the original here). Just don’t call it double dipping!

While the last post limited itself to contemporary architecture, this time round we looked back to the classics. From Hollywood villas by Wright and Lautner to mid-century icons by Gropius and Le Corbusier, these are  some of the best buildings to have ever graced the silver screen. Click through to see them all!

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Photo: Artjocks

Sheats Goldstein Residence
Beverly Hills, California
Designed by John Lautner
15 minutes of fame: Featured in The Big Lebowski (1998)

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From “The Big Lebowski”

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The Dude reclines

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Ennis House
Los Angeles
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
15 minutes of fame: Featured in Blade Runner (1982)

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Harrison Ford (“Rick Deckard”) toils away in the Ennis House kitchen

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Schaffer House
Glendale, California
Designed by John Lautner
15 minutes of fame: Featured in A Single Man (2009)

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Razor Residence
La Jolla, California
Designed by Wallace E. Cunningham
15 minutes of fame: Inspired the design of Tony Stark’s cliffside house in Iron Man (2008), also featured in Calvin Klein ads

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The Stark Residence, from “Iron Man”

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Photo: Pete Hottelet

Marin County Civic Center
San Rafael, California
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
15 minutes of fame: Featured in Gattaca (1997)

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Photo: Pete Hottelet

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Ethan Hawke (“Vincent Freeman”) in “Gattaca”

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Battersea Power Station
London
Designed by Giles Gillbert Scott
15 minutes of fame: Featured in Children of Men (2006)

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The Battersea Power Station in apocalptic London, from “Children of Men” 

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Two International Finance Centre
Hong Kong
Designed by César Pelli & Association Architects
15 minutes of fame: Featured in The Dark Knight (2008)

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The Dark Knight travels to Hong Kong 

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MetLife Building (née Pan Am Building)
New York
Designed by Walter Gropius, Pietro Belluschi
15 minutes of fame: Featured in Godzilla (1998)

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The Metlife building in Godzilla’s wake

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UN Building
New York
Designed by Wallace K. Harrison, Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier
15 minutes of fame: Featured in North by Northwest (1959) and The Interpreter (2005)

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The UN Building in “North by Northwest”

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The UN General Assembly hall in “The Interpreter”

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Photo: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation/David Heald

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
15 minutes of fame: Featured in The International (2009)

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The Guggenheim’s curves integrated into the poster for “The International”

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Guns a-blazin’ in the “The International”

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