Why did James Bond visit ESO?
ESO’s Headquarters here in Garching, the Residencia at the Paranal Observatory, and even the Supernova building around you — they’ve all been designed by visionary architects, with a link to the cosmos in mind.
Circles and spheres are recurring shapes in the Universe. Daring architects took inspiration from the curves of the cosmos in designing ESO’s main buildings. For instance, neither ESO’s Headquarters nor the ESO Supernova building you’re currently visiting has any right angles. The futuristic Paranal Residencia features prominently in the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace”, and the ALMA hotel has its own special character. Even ESO’s colonial Santiago Guesthouse is a piece of architectural art.
It’s mainly about telescopes, but ESO’s buildings are special, too. So special, in fact, that one of them served as a backdrop for a James Bond movie! And what about the building you’re in right now — beautiful, don’t you think?