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Spaces that set trends on the big screen 2

Dr. Strangelove: The War Room.

Few things can be said that have not already been said of the eminent American director Stanley Kubrick. His incredible eye for creating meaningful situations and moments in his films is something that no one has managed to overcome, especially when remembering his classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey or A Clockwork Orange, to name just a couple.


On this occasion, wanting to detail one of his most representative achievements, we will be talking about a space that is still etched in the minds of the vast majority of viewers of his 1964’s film, Dr. Strangelove, this place is, of course, the War Room.




Regarded as the best set design in film history by none other than Steven Spielberg; The War Room, as well as the other sets in the film, were created by the creative genius Ken Adam. The curiosities of this site go from its own origin, being that the War Room was born from the combination between a bomb shelter and the set of a Hollywood musical.


To give personality to this fundamental place in the film (which deals with an extravagant romance in times of a potential nuclear apocalypse) it was necessary to contrast different types of architecture and interior design, being that the War Room is composed of a huge round table, massive windows and a large circular lamp that illuminates the group of lunatics that make up the world leaders in the film.




More than one off-screen location has been inspired by this imaginative and undeniably imposing space, for example, the Dutch architectural firm, Albert France Lanord, used the War Room design as the basis for their Stockholm offices.