SATURN is a fascinating territory. As most of our planets, it can be considered an architectural statement. This picture shows how it was seen in the early forties. In those years we used to see it from one point of view only, till the great astronomer and educator Carl Sagan (1934–96, he proved amino acids as life generators and created the TV series Cosmos, 1980); Carl showed us Saturn from different angles through the heroic photographs taken by the Voyager I and II spaceships built by NASA, now travelling outside the Solar System with a message for alien civilisations (see: "Star Trek I", 1979). However, nothing changed in the basic concept we have today of this marvellous planet. A simple combination: a giant sphere is surrounded by a flat ring. It is obvious that Architecture has lost its synthesis. Wright imagined the Guggenhaim, Gropius saw his Bauhaus: they knew this quite well. We need to explore new formulas, but they must be simple. Architectural forms have no reason to be unclear or unnecessarily complex. Saturn is there to inspire us. Picture: Astronomie -Les Astres - L'Universe, Larousse © AugÈ, Gillon, Hollier-Larousse, Moreau et Cie, 1948.