Bell Labs

Bell Labs

One of those 4am moments. Eero Saarinen, perhaps best known for the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Dulles International Airport, and not incidentally, the famous chair that he designed together with Charles Eames, constructed the research and development complex better known as Bell Labs, which was completed in 1962. Bell Labs, with a style reminiscent of Mies van der Rohe, of concrete and glass, and a clean minimalism, was dubbed "the biggest mirror ever", largely because of it's reflective exterior edifice, comprised of mirrors. The pinnacle of modernist architecture is exhibited, both in shape, scale and scope. Does the site look familiar to any contemporary plans to construct and attempt to facilitate the convergence and collaboration of interests? Take a look at the propaganda-esque videos that were originally shot for the introduction of the Bell Labs. In a Truman Show sort of way, who wouldn't want to live there?