The 18 Boldest Buildings in the History of the World’s Fair

The 18 Boldest Buildings in the History of the World’s Fair

The World’s Fair has long been an event where architects have an opportunity to offer up an idealized version of the future. In April, 1900, for example, the Exposition Universelle opened in Paris, and the City of Light dazzled with bold new structures, such as the Grand Palais, that remain breathtaking feats of design. AD looks back at the innovative towers, museums, and residences built as architectural beacons for some of the most memorable expositions.

Eiffel Tower

Location: Paris
Year: 1889
Architect: Stephen Sauvestre

Grand Palais

Location: Paris
Year: 1900
Architects: Henri Deglane, Charles Louis Girault, Albert Louvet, and Albert-Félix-Théophile Thomas

Royal Exhibition Building

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Year: 1880
Architect: Joseph Reed

Arc de Triomf

Location: Barcelona
Year: 1888
Architect: Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas

Arc de Triomf

Location: Barcelona
Year: 1888
Architect: Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas

Saint Louis Art Museum

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Year: 1904
Architect: Cass Gilbert

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (formerly San Francisco Civic Auditorium)

Location: San Francisco
Year: 1915
Architect: John Galen Howard

Palau Nacional

Location: Barcelona
Year: 1929
Architects: Enric Catà and Pedro Cendoya

Atomium

Location: Brussels
Year: 1958
Engineer: André Waterkeyn
Architects: André and Jean Polak

Space Needle

Location: Seattle, Washington
Year: 1962
Architect: John Graham & Company

Unisphere

Location: New York
Year: 1964
Architect: Philip Johnson

Observatory Towers

Location: New York
Year: 1964
Architect: Philip Johnson

Habitat 67

Location: Montreal
Year: 1967
Architect: Moshe Safdie

Tower of the Sun

Location: Osaka, Japan
Year: 1970
Architect: Kenzo Tange

Puente del Alamillo

Location: Seville, Spain
Year: 1992
Architect: Santiago Calatrava

China Pavilion

Location: Shanghai
Year: 2010
Architect: He Jingtang

Korean Pavilion

Location: Shanghai
Year: 2010
Architect: Mass Studies Architects

Expo City

Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
Year: 2017
Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture