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5 BUILDINGS THAT WERE NEVER BUILT


Having A Striking Visual Design On Paper Can Be Easy, But Making It Work Practically Can Be Challenging. Not All Buildings That Look Impressive on Paper Are Failures, But Some Were Just Pretty to Look at And Never Came to Fruition. We Are Going to See These Types Of 5 Buildings That Were Never Constructed in This Post. Let's Get Started.


1. TULIP TOWER, LONDON BY FOSTER+PARTNERS



The tulip tower, a 305m high, bud-like structure was supposed to be a new public cultural attraction sitting adjacent to the gherkin. The design proposal was comprised of: two-story entrance pavilion, public roof terrace, retail,284 bicycle spaces, pocket park alongside pavilion, viewing galleries, sliding glass, gondola pod rides on building façade, sky bar, restaurant with 360 views.

This project was supposed to start in 2020 after the approval by the City of London Corporation in 2019 but unfortunately, on 11 November 2021, this project was rejected by the UK government.



Shows the letter released informing about the disapproval. One of the reasons also mentioned: approach would be a muddle of architectural ideas and would be compromised, and that the unresolved principles behind the design would mean that in many regards it would fall between two stools. “


2. TOKYO OLYMPIC STADIUM BY ZAHA HADID




Next up is the wining entry design for Japan's national stadium by Zaha Hadid which was never implemented in real form due to harsh criticism from top architects, athletes, and citizens. Apart from these the cost and duration of completion were stated as one of the major reasons for scrapping the project.


3. THE MANHATTAN DOME BY BUCKMINSTER FULLER AND SHOJI SADAO




Have you ever heard of city under dome? Well, this was the imaginative design that was never accomplished. This project was an arcology habitat proposed for a city, Manhattan which was never meant to be in the race of projecting onto to the ground. The design proposal had a two-mile "geodesic dome spanning midtown Manhattan that would regulate weather and reduce air pollution." Buildings would not be heated and cooled separately, instead, the entire dome would be kept at a moderate temperature level. But this project never showed up to level due to some uneven, unrealistic approaches, we can also say this is rather a utopia created by architects. One of the reasons mentioned was that this project wouldn’t allow any cars or engine-driven machines as this would affect the color of the glass which will not be visible with naked eyes but surely will be affecting the material slowly.


4. FOURTH GRACE BY WILL ALSOP




As part of Liverpool redevelopment, the Fourth Grace was to be built adjacent to the already existing Three Graces: The Liver Building, Cunard Building, and Port of Liverpool Building. Will Alsop won a design competition with his proposal for a 10-story globe titled "The Cloud". The building was designed as a combination of commercial and office space along with a 107-room hotel, a bar, a restaurant, and a viewing gallery. This design was scrapped due to cost increases, criticism from citizens, and design problems in 2004.


5. PALACE OF SOVIETS BY BORIS MIKHAILOVICH IOFAN




The concept of the Palace of the Soviets was introduced in 1922 by Sergei Kirov. In 1931, an open competition was launched and the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior was demolished to make way for the construction of the Palace of the Soviet. Boris Lofan won the competition, and by 1939 a final design version was approved, and the base of the high-altitude part of the structure was built. The German invasion of 1941, however, prevented the completion of this glorious structure. Later, the foundation of the Palace was used for the building of the world's largest swimming pool, and other building materials were used for different purposes, including the reconstruction of a church that had been demolished.


CONCLUSION

We saw some examples where architects visualized buildings too dismal for them to become reality, while we saw others that were either unfortunate or heavily criticized, resulting in the buildings never taking shape in practice.


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