10 Fabulous Architectural Projects Never Built

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1. Abu Dhabi The Guggenheim Museum

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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

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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.

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