Intentional, or Unintentional Robot Architecture?

Stockholm School of Economics, Riga
Originally uploaded by Joe Gratz.

This great photo, which looks for all the world like a laughing robot to us, was posted on Flickr by 'Joe Gratz'. What do you think? Was it intentionally designed by the architect to give that impression, or was it just a coincidence?

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  1. Looks like it’s straight out of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

  2. Hi! I took the picture, and did a little research after people started saying it looked like one of the machines in Metropolis. Here’s what I found:


    So, just checked… it was built in 1905, long before Metropolis came out, and indeed 15 years before the word “robot” existed.

    This building was designed by Mikhail Eisenstein, father of famous filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. Cursory googling indicates that the younger Eisenstein visited Fritz Lang on the set of Metropolis, and he was certainly familiar with this building, so the chances there is some connection between this architectural element and the look of Maria are actually not that bad.

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