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Old December 1st, 2012, 02:48 AM   #1
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Historical Designs / Utopias / Monuments - Never built

It seemed interesting to me to share historical designs/drawings for structures that never made it. Not only to share a dreamy sense of Nostalgia and melancholy, but also to inspire and display the intense beauty of structures that never came to be.

Let's celebrate the amazing fantasy and sense for elegance and beauty of the past. (up until 1950)


Let me take off:

Design for the Stock-Exchange of Amsterdam:


http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bestand...msterdam_2.jpg


http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...change_002.jpg


http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bestand..._Amsterdam.jpg



Designs for the palace of freedom in The Hague: (I whish all of them could have been build)






And especially:




( Source of the images: http://schatkamer.nai.nl/nl/projecte...-vredespaleis#)



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Old December 1st, 2012, 06:15 AM   #2
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beautiful historicism!

The impresive thing was that there were real projects to be build, i guess that the project build of the palace of freedom was the first of this list.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 11:51 AM   #3
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Yes it was, but the architect had to adjust it to make it slightly more cheap, which I think made it turn out slightly more dull than it would have been.

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Old December 2nd, 2012, 04:13 PM   #5
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Birmingham civic centre.



The very end of one of the wings is all that was ever built:

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(Built 1938).
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 12:39 AM   #6
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very nice
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 06:45 PM   #8
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Paris, by Le Corbusier (1925)









Paris, by Perret (1922-1932)

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Thank god that Le Corbusier didn't get his way...
Fascinating to see though.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:43 PM   #10
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Thank god that Le Corbusier didn't get his way...
Fascinating to see though.
He did in some parts of the world...
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The Famous Garden City

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The imperial monument / Albert tower:


Crystal palace tower:


Eatons - College Park, TORONTO | 669 ft | 204 m:


JosÚ Puig y Cadafalch y D. JosÚ Goday y Casals:


╔tienne-Louis BoullÚe Nationalbibliothek:


╔tienne-Louis BoullÚe, "Newton's Cenotaph:


Antonio Gaudi: Grand hotel NYC:


Дворец Советов, Dvorets Sovetov:
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Wonderful projects
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Дворец Советов, Dvorets Sovetov:
Paper accepts everything....
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Old December 8th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #16
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Original winning design for the Norwegian parliament by the architects Heinrich Ernst Schirmer and Wilhelm von Hanno.


http://www.novarchitectura.com/2012/...oggi-10-marzo/



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sc...parliament.jpg

... But they ended up building this modest building instead:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier...et,_Norway.jpg
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Old December 9th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #17
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New Harmony, Indiana


The town just ended up looking like a nice little american town.


First two from Wikipedia; last from the Evansville Courier & Press.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 01:55 PM   #18
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Stockholm

National museum of fine arts on Kungsklippan, proposed 1845.


Another design was accepted and the museum was built on another location, Blasieholmen, in 1866.


The site for the proposed museum later became an important site for the industrialization of Stockholm. After the industries relocated residential buildings were built in the 1930s.



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A scyscraper was suggested on Blasieholmen in the 1920s.


I'm pretty glad it didn't get built (atleast not on the proposed site) since Blasieholmen is quite beautiful as is.



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And speaking of Le Corbusier; he had similair plans for Stockholm as for Paris where he (among other things) wanted to turn Old Town into a park and tear everything down. Sadly his ideas caught root in the post ww2 socialdemocratic movement and alot of old buildings and residential blocks were demolished.
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Ludwig II's Burg Falkenstein
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Ljubljana - Cathedral of Freedom (also Plečnik Parliament) was a proposal design for Slovenian parliament in 1947 by nation's most eminent architect Jo×e Plečnik. Project wasn't realised due to financial difficulties, however its iconic appereance has firmly fixed in the minds of Slovenes and one could say, became a minor national symbol. Among others, Plečnik Parliament is also depicted on the Slovenian 0.10 Ç coin.





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