With a life span of just 11 months, the prefabricated 1951 Dome of Discovery, designed by architect Ralph Tubbs for the Festival of Britain, lives on as a lost cultural icon. To support the dome, Tubbs and engineers Freeman, Fox & Partners buttressed the 93-foot-high structure with 48 steel masts. Photo courtesy CHELSEA Space.
Some of Marcel Breuer’s earlier experiments found a home in his 1938 commission from Bryn Mawr College—just as students found a home in the newly built Rhoads Hall, outfitted with desks, chairs, dressers, mirrors, and bookshelves of his design.
Italian-born architect and designer Lina Bo Bardi made an indelible mark on mid-century Brazilian architecture and design following the destruction of her office in Milan during World War II. Here, the Fábrica da Pompéia, a São Paulo cultural center Bo Bardi designed in 1986.