Picture a giant elephant with a waterfall cascading from its trunk right in the heart of Paris. Or an Antoni Gaudi work in New York City, a pyramid in Tokyo, or a mile-high Frank Lloyd Wright skyscraper among the Chicago skyline.
These architectural dreams never came to be, but that didn't stop the artists at NeoMan Studios to envision how these projects would have changed these cities. Here's a look at seven of the world’s wildest unbuilt icons and what they would like like today.
You don’t have to dip too far back into history to find this Rem Koolhaas concept from 1996 to combat urban sprawl. The Hyperbuilding planned to house 120,000 folks in 3 percent of the space normally required by a conventional housing development.
Mixing in green space, workplaces and various services, the Hyperbuilding could have also reduced commutes, energy consumption and, well, the need to ever leave your home structure.
Frank Lloyd Wright wanted to travel a mile high. In Chicago. Proposed via a 1957 book, The Illinois could have housed 100,000 people moving up the mile-high tower via atomic-powered elevators at 60 mph. With room for 20,000 cars and 180 helicopters, The Illinois would have changed the way of life in Chicago, not to mention the skyline.
Of course, this was all fanciful design that enlarged safety, financial and plausibility concerns.
Tokyo Bay, Japan
Forget housing hundreds of thousands of folks, the Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid sought to jump 6,561 feet tall—making it the largest manmade structure in the world—and house one million people. Located on Tokyo Bay, the concept from 2004 didn’t offer much in the way of concrete reality.
With plans to use specialized concrete to form 36 foundational piers, the external structure of an open network of mega-trusses and supporting struts made from carbon nanotubes to withstand earthquakes and tsunamis is still ahead of its time as the materials to create it aren’t yet available.
To read the rest of Tim Newcomb's article which was published in Popular Mechanics, go to THE 7 WILDEST BUILDINGS NEVER BUILT.