This Space-Age Building Was Meant To Herald An Era Of Hope – But Instead It Became A Notorious Jail

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Image: ARCHIVO FOTOGRAFÍA URBANA / PROYECTO HELICOIDE via BBC

Back in the 1950s, Venezuela looked poised for a bright future – and the space-age El Helicoide was the symbol of the country’s hopes and dreams. Sixty years later, those aspirations lie in tatters, and the once-ambitious project has become something far more sinister. But how did this cutting-edge shopping mall become one of the region’s most feared buildings?

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