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OMA's 15 Most Outrageous Unbuilt Skyscrapers

OMA's 15 Most Outrageous Unbuilt Skyscrapers


17 NOV 2015

By Finn MacLeod

Read More: http://www.archdaily.com/774141/omas...lt-skyscrapers

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Since 1975, the Rotterdam-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture has produced some of the world's most provocative buildings. Led by Rem Koolhaas and his nine partners, the firm's most notable built projects include seminal works such as the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, the Seattle Central Library, and Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal.

- Among the firm's several hundred realized projects, however, many lesser known proposals were drafted but never constructed. Arguably a fundamental component of the OMA's practice, the unbuilt projects contain some of the firm's most outlandish and important ideas with incredible potential to influence architectural design worldwide. As a tribute to Koolhaas and OMA's continued pursuit of the unconventional, we've rounded up fifteen of OMA's most unusual unbuilt skyscrapers.

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Hyperbuilding was proposed in 1996 as a fusion of buildings into a series of wild interconnected extrusions on the banks of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, Thailand.







Set in Tokyo's rapidly expanding Shinjuku ward, Idea Vertical Campus was designed to disrupt the monotonous landscape of towers that have come to define the architecture of the city.







In 1997, The Museum of Modern Art held a competition for a new building with a particularly challenging but typically New York-sized plot: the museum was sandwiched between a series of towers, allowing for little room to build. Koolhaas proposed a simultaneous upward-downward expansion that incorporated a pyramid-like tower above ground connected to a catacomb of gallery spaces below.







A proposal in 1978 for an extension to the Dutch Parliament. Located between the firm's native Rotterdam and Amsterdam, The Hague has been in a development boom for decades led by an influx of international business and political ventures.







Rising from the sandy shores of the Emirate of Dubai, a monolith of unbelievable proportions sits staunchly in front of all the other towers, equivalent to the height of the Eiffel Tower.







UN City, proposed for New York in 2001, was designed as a collection of interconnected slender towers that diverged from the typical rectangular Manhattan skyscraper in favour of jagged edges and asymmetry.







Created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mexico's War of Independence, Torre Bicentenario was envisioned as a monument to post-war success in a rapidly developing country. The soaring tower would have been the tallest in Latin America with a design that featured a 22-story open air atrium punctured halfway up the building.







Proposed for Paris' expanding business district La Defense, Projet Phare would shatter preconceived notions of skyscraper design.







Before the construction of UN Studio's renowned Erasmus Bridge that now links formerly disparate communities along the Maas river, Rotterdam struggled with solutions to connect the north and south of the city. C3 Maastowers was envisioned as the solution: rather than building another bridge, Koolhaas proposed the construction of a series of towers unified by a central volume to create a self-contained city.







425 Park Avenue soars from the streets of Manhattan and shatters the linear tendencies of its modernist neighbors, opting for a contemporary asymmetrical volume clad entirely in glass.







23 East 22nd Street. Positioned on a plot measuring just 33 feet (10.5 meters) wide, the tower's footprint extends far beyond its ground-level width, cantilevering 30 feet over the neighboring building.







Proposed in 2008 as Mumbai's first iconic skyscraper, Koolhaas envisioned India Tower as an emblem for the future of architecture in the developing nation.







Located adjacent to the luxurious Orchard Road shopping district, Scotts Tower was envisioned to become Singapore's newest luxury address.







In 2008, a competition was held by UAE-based Sama Dubai for the development of a major waterfront property just south of the Lake of Tunis. Serving as the anchor of the development, OMA proposed "The Twins": two identical towers slated to include residential accommodation, a hotel, office space and retail.







Located across from Lower Manhattan on the Hudson River, 111 First Street was designed to activate Jersey City's fast developing skyline. Although designed to harmonize with the city's landscape.


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wat?? louisville's museum plaza didn't make the oma cut here?


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^Yep. Kind of startled by its lack of inclusion. I guess if you look at kinds of things then the first inclusion probably makes the Louisville proposal a bit of a duplicate in idea anyway.
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Rising from the sandy shores of the Emirate of Dubai, a monolith of unbelievable proportions sits staunchly in front of all the other towers, equivalent to the height of the Eiffel Tower.

This one is just ridiculous. I don't know who took it seriously. Look at that background. It includes some of the ridiculous design ideas for the world trade center after 9/11, the Transamerica Pyramid is taller than the Shanghai World Financial Center...
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^That's not Shanghai world finance center, it's some other tower, I forget the name.
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Museum Tower was not by the OMA firm, it was by Joshua Prince-Ramus who was a principal at OMA but had left by the time he did this design. REX is the firm name. The project is visible on the REX website.

http://www.rex-ny.com/museum-plaza/

The tower is the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh that you are thinking is the Shanghai WFC.

Personally I think 425 Park is a very strong design, and I love the Singapore one on Orchard Rd
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ah so thats the missing museum plaza answer then, one of the head oma designer guys flew the coop. no wonder they left it off.
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OMA and Koolhaas kick so much ass!
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^That's not Shanghai world finance center, it's some other tower, I forget the name.
Kingdom Centre in Riyadh I believe. Although I see that has already been answered now.
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I really hate these guys. Hate is too strong a word, actually. I just really dislike their work. Anything to be different rather than functional.
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I like this one quite a bit.
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Its slightly unfortunate that this project didn't go further: its certainly better than Michael Graves building, and certainly gives an inspiration for the firm's Rotterdam design!!

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