The A+D Museum, our favorite innovative West Coast exhibition space for all things architecture and design, just launched a Kickstarter to finish up an ambitious show slated to open this spring titled Never Built: Los Angeles. The fascinating project asks the big “what if” about the many visionary but never realized projects that would have made one of the world’s most criticized cities one of its most innovative. Co-curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin and designed by the celebrated firm Clive Wilkinson Architects, the show not only chronicles a fascinating chapter in a reluctant city’s history, it also champions the simple notion of dreaming big.
Inspired by the idea, we decided to take a more global look. From Frank Lloyd Wright’s daring design for a resort high atop the Hollywood Hills to Antonio Gaudi’s grand, unrealized hotel in Manhattan, click through to check out some of the world’s most spectacular buildings that never made it off the drawing board.
Huntington Hartford Sports Club and Resort by Frank Lloyd Wright – Hollywood, California
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Hotel Attraction by Antoni Gaudí – New York City, New York
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Pink Guggenheim by Frank Lloyd Wright – New York City, New York
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Cénotaphe à Newton by Étienne-Louis Boullée
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The Palace of Soviets by Boris Iofan – Moscow, Russia
Ville Contemporaine by Le Corbusier
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Museum of Tolerance by Frank Gehry – Jerusalem, Israel
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Corcoran Gallery of Art Addition by Frank Gehry – Washington D.C.
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Guggenheim Guadalajara by Enrique Norten – Guadalajara, Mexico
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La Tour Sans Fin by Jean Nouvel – Paris, France
The Howard Hawks Residence by Richard Neutra
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Warshaw Residence by Rudolph Schindler – Los Angeles, California
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