Aircraft Carrier’s Architectural Turn


The aircraft carrier is the apotheosis of the human will expressed in architectonic spirit. The sheer magnitude, deafening noise, and bone-shaking tremors of aircraft carriers are overwhelmingly astonishing. Extreme cantilevers, moving blast shield decks, huge elevators lifting aircraft and equipment, enormous column-free spaces with exposed steel beams and braces, and the gray and white color scheme are all architects’ dreams realized on a colossal scale. As massive as they may be, the nimble dexterousness of both the whole as well as the constituent parts —consisting of sailors, machinery, and aircraft— are fast, meteoric. Watch the video to witness the agility of this mountainous boat, with over 100,000-tons of displacement, as it changes course.