Google Map of Swastika-Shaped Building

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    This Google map satellite pic of a swastika-shaped building on a US Navy base in Coronado, California, has been making its rounds on the internet.

    According to some sources, the building is part of the training facilities for Navy Seals, and is perhaps their barracks. It's nicknamed "The Seals Lair".

    Apparently, the building was constructed with no intention of promoting the swastika symbol, so it was completely unintentional.

    I note that for its time period, the design of the building was really optimal for a number of reasons. Buildings constructed during that time were designed to allow best access for rooms to light and air, since air conditioning was uncommon. I bet the architect was really pleased with this layout, since it made great use of the site plot, while maximizing each barrack wing's window exposure. Also, the design included some courtyard greenspace between each of the wings, which is also very good for aesthetics and psychological wellbeing.

    But, should the happenstance of increasing popularity of satellite imagery be a strong enough reason to reshape the building so that it will no longer have the swastika profile, as some people seem to think should be done? I don't think so.

    Note Bene: This image is Geotagged. See my article about how flickr has added geotagging features.

    I also mentioned this photo on my blog posting on How to use Flickr for Image Search Optimization.

    9/26/2007: CNN has just reported that the Navy has taken so much flack on this that they're going to change the building's offensive shape by adding landscaping and other structures to the tune of over $600,000! Must be the first time that online maps have forced a complete building redesign! Check out my blog posting on how Google Maps forced the Navy to redesign the swastika building.

    If you're interested in more of my writing on Technology, Mapping, Local Search and more, check out my articles at Search Engine Land: Chris Silver Smith.

    9/11/2009: There's also a swastika-shaped building in Alabama, a nursing home, which the operators have attempted to change to remove the swastika shape, to little success so far.

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    1. Abdessamad 69 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Google Maps and Earth, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      See it On Google Maps

    2. MrDoodle 64 months ago | reply

      The architect would obviously have known that they were creating a building in teh shape of a swastika from the plans. It could have been equally space efficient, but looking like the original symbol - taken from indian culture, before the Nazis took this symbol and reversed it to use as their insignia.

      There is definately intentional design within these buildings, and the fact that it is a military base!!! Come on..... symbolism is used everywhere, most of the time being totally unseen by the public on a concious level. Symbols have energy, just as words, thoughts or actions do and are a lot more powerful than most people realise. The effect on a subconcious and energetic level can be great.

    3. 暗房危机Darkroom Crisis 61 months ago | reply

      This is not Hitler's memory? !

    4. M.Powell Photog 57 months ago | reply

      the swastika is not the buddha symbol everyone says. Hitler was an avid follower of the satanic movement that brought the idea of writing and doing things backwards. His making the swastika the backwards symbol of the buddhist one, is merely his show of what he believed in.

    5. (deaf mute) 57 months ago | reply

      Amazing. It's a bit of a sick joke, innit?
      Found in a search. (?)

    6. rooferkane 54 months ago | reply

      Symbols are just what is is. As its description says: unintentional. Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill All Tex Exteriors

    7. timturk 45 months ago | reply

      Hmmmm, Swastika shaped building alone, may be just a coincidence. Two Iron Eagle shaped buildings direct west of it. I'd say design with intent. This is no coincidence and probably involves Illuminati.

    8. Ed_X 39 months ago | reply

      The old 'swastika buildings' so it must be the illuminati theory again.
      The explanation is quite easy: No the shape of the buidling(s) is not an oversight it is intentional as it is a war monument.
      If you'd care to zoom out in Google maps a bit more, you will see the entire picture that includes 3 buildings:
      The 'swastika building' and 2 buildings built in the shape of figther airplanes.
      It is a memorial how the allies defeated the nazi's, pictured by two planes chasing/flying towards the swastika building.

    9. Crazyhorse70s Employee 37 months ago | reply

      I love it, we should have more of these and less Jewish buildings, menorah's , etc....

    10. PEOPLE'S EYE PHOTOGRAPHY 37 months ago | reply

      Hitler loved and revered Napoleon, who was a rabid racist.... It was Napoleon who invented the concept of the gas chamber. He utilized the simple expedient of filling his ship's holds full of sulphur gas and blocking off all of the exists and windows, portals, etc. He then used these ships to kill AFRIKAN people whom he'd enslaved and/or whom had resisted enslavement in Haiti...

    11. Antonio Faria 70 36 months ago | reply

      I can hardly believe it was by mistake, although I can easily understand when it comes to North American´s awareness of what´s on in the rest of the planet. Do they in general know what the Nazi party was?

    12. M.Kassem91 35 months ago | reply

      This has nothing to do with Hitler himself nor the Nazis, this symbol has lots of secrets and is related to theosophical/masonic beliefs and activities. Do your own research and you will begin to see the bigger picture of whats going on around you.

    13. exemplar77 34 months ago | reply

      I see it as 4 separate buildings, not one building in the shape of a swastika. After all, there is a courtyard separating the buildings. Why waste taxpayer dollars on changing something that isn't what people say it is?

    14. shiloh_baxter 32 months ago | reply

      the shape has been around for hundreds of years.... one meaning is the Indian sign for PEACE.... another is for WELL BEING..... there are many meanings for the same design, depending on the culture it had been used..... another meaning is that of GOOD LUCK...

      IT DOES NOT MEAN WHITE SUPREMACIST........ so get that out of ones head....

    15. travel science 30 months ago | reply

      This building looks to me to be part of the architect's little diagram of the allied victory in WW2. Zoom out just a bit and you can see what looks like two bomber airplanes heading toward the swastika-shaped building (mentioned in one of the first comments above), presumably to bomb it. It is unmistakeable. Google map link

    16. Ed_X 30 months ago | reply

      That is exactly what i tried tell all the time, but people just dont pay attention. It celebrates the allied victory in WWII

    17. travel science 30 months ago | reply

      I agree. However, even if the Navy's response letter is indeed real, it seems more like them covering up the fact that the designs are not particularly appropriate, no matter the intent. I mean come on, the end result is that a lot of sailors are living in a giant swastika.

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