10 Fabulous Architectural Projects Never Built
1. Abu Dhabi The Guggenheim Museum
Construction on the fifth in a global network of museums known as the “Galaxy Guggenheim” began in 2011, on a peninsula adjacent to Abu Dhabi. The unique design was conceived by architect Frank Gehry, but the building which was destined to be completed the following year was halted, and the foundation alone sits in wait on Saadiyat Island. The completion of this beautiful, futuristic structure is on hold for now – with challenging economic times being cited as the reason.
2. London The Minerva Building
In the hopes of solidifying London’s position as the world’s financial hub, the Minerva building was designed to accommodate 49 floors and up to 10,000 people. The construction of this tower began with a 14 floor office building, and was halted when the events of September 11th created the need for changes to the design. Since then, this one million square foot building remains but a vision, construction halted altogether in 2006 as the result of the global financial crisis. Instead, it remains a 14 floor office block and is named “St. Botolph’s House.
3. Moscow Russia Tower
Norman Foster’s plans for Europe’s largest skyscraper, were another casualty of the financial crisis which befell the world in the recent past. The 118 floor “Russia Tower” was to sit in the center of what was to be Moscow’s new business district – signalling its re-emergence as a global force. Sadly, the work which began on it in 2007 was halted only one year later.
4. Copenhagen Bike Lane
A bicycle and pedestrian harbour crossing hinged between two skyscrapers was the magnificent idea of American architect Steven Holl. The idea for this construction was first pitched in 2008, as a useful structure which would at the same time provide users with a beautiful view of the city. In the end, plans for the “Copenhagen Gate” were thrown out in 2015 as officials reasoned that it would be easier for potential users to navigate their way around the harbour than to line up for an elevator ride on either side.
5. England Portsmouth FC Stadium
Conceived by the Swiss architectural firm of Herzog and de Meuron to replace Fratton Park, the Portsmouth FC stadium was designed to accommodate 39,000 adoring football fans. The vision was unfortunately short-lived, cancelled as were many other projects as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, and the fans now enjoy an upgraded Fratton Park instead.
6. Chicago The Chicago Spire
All that remains of developer Garrett Kelleher’s original vision for a business tower measuring two thousand feet is a hole in the ground. Designed by Calatrava, the project was perhaps too ambitious – meant to include condominums and a hotel amongst the 116 floors. After racking up a debt in excess of $100 million, Kelleher handed over the site to local developers.
7. Changsha Sky City
The Sky City Tower in Changsha, China was destined to become the world’s tallest skyscraper. Designed by China’s Broad Sustainable Building, this structure was deemed unsafe and failed to receive the necessary government approval to proceed. Work on the building ceased after only a few days in 2013, and the hole in the ground has since been filled with water so that villagers can raise fish here.
8. Tokyo Shimizu Mega City Pyramid
The proposed Mega City Pyramid is earmarked for Japan’s Tokyo Bay, and is designed to address the city’s lack of space with it’s ability to house 750,00 people. So large will this pyramid be that it is awaiting the invention of lightweight materials to support the weight of the structure which, at 2,004 meters high, will be the largest man-made structure in the history of the world.
9. Dubai Dubai Towers
Tough economic times have put this project on hold, but when built the Dubai Towers will be at the heart of The Lagoons – a huge construction site spread out over seven islands on Dubai Creek. The towers comprising this project will range from 57 to 94 stories high.
10. Tennessee Signature Tower
A plan which was revamped due to the economic downturn, the design for the original Signature Tower destined for Nashville, Tennessee called for the building to stand 70 stories high and contain a hotel and condominiums in addition to retail and office space. This would have made it the tallest structure in the United States outside of Chicago and New York.