expo 67 lounge

Mid-century fashion, vintage pop culture and retro cool... from Expo 67 and beyond.

1 August 2006

Air Canada Pavilion

The architecture of Air Canada's participation at Expo 67 was intended to evoke the spirit of flight.

The focal point of the pavilion's exterior was a helical roof with 23 blades that fanned out from a 60-foot central column.

The design was meant to represent the turbine of a modern jet engine, yet it has always reminded me of a Leonardo Da Vinci sketch...

Beneath the roof, 3 cylindrical buildings contained the exhibition areas:

The Dream dealt with the man's subconscious desire to fly throughout history.

The Achievement spoke of man's conquest of the sky from early balloons and gliders to modern jet planes.

New Worlds illustrated the impact of aviation on Man and His World.

images: (top) alamedainfo.com
(bottom) naid.sppsr.ucla.edu/expo67/



Blogger George said...

Jason ... thank you for this page. I worked at the Ontario pavillion that summer ... I was 16 years old and the pay was great $85/week. Damn I had a great summer that year. One of the benefits of working there was that as an employee you didn't have to stand in line to get in the pavillions. I recall many glares from people waiting in line when we walked by and straight in ... and some of those lines were long. 52 million people (if I remember correctly) in 6 months.
Ah the memories .. wonderful stuff.

11:55 pm  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

Thank you for your comment and welcome to the Expo Lounge...

7:54 am  
Blogger Clifford Brown said...

Amazing. I made a strange detour via italian maquettes in sci-fi flicks from the 60's and early 70's such as Antonio Margheriti's and that is how I came to love retro-futuristic architecture, and of course all the pavillons of our dear Expo '67.

Reading about each pavillon in the interesting manner you present them really is a nice thing, Jason !

8:31 pm  

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