|Rem Koolhaas: Torre Bicentenario, Mexico City.|
Consumed by controversy and misunderstanding, the Torre Bicentenario was suppose to mark the 200th anniversary of Mexico's War of Independence. When announced in 2007 of its plan, huge protests by locals for illegal use of land and a campaign to save a building stopped the project. Can you see the shapes of two inverted pyramids? They are connected together with what the designer calls "the sky lobby."
"Architectural history is told by the victors, city skylines their monuments, even when absent, unbuilt projects can exert a curiously powerful hold on the cultural imagination..." The WSJ, "The Greatest Buildings Never Built" By Tom Vanderbilt
|Jean Nouvel: Green Blade, Los Angeles|
The Green Blade could have been dubbed one of the world's thinnest buildings. In 2008, Novel and his firm proposed this 45 story, 50 feet deep tower that would be wrapped in hanging hydroponic gardens in Santa Monica; the estimated cost was approximately $400 million. Why didn't it break ground? The project was funded by Lehman Brothers. With the financial collapse, the money that would have been used to fund Green Blade went to Alvarez and Marsal, the law firm representing Lehman.
|Frank Gehry: Museum of Tolerance, Jerusalem.|
|Norman Foster: Russia Tower, Moscow.|
|Daniel Libeskind: Extension for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.|
|Zaha Hadid: Performing Arts Center, Dubai|
From lack of financing to public scrutiny, these monumental victims created by some of the world's most celebrated architects never left the sketches from which it came. Sadly, these stunning buildings can only be seen on paper as it sits and wait to break ground.
Source: The WSJ Magazine, May 2011. "The Greatest Buildings Never Built"." Tom Vanderbilt.