During the 1990s, an idea was proposed to create a floating city to house up to 50,000 people while sailing around the world. The vessel was slated to have schools, shops, and jobs just like on land, as well as an airport on the top. The boat would have been 4,500 feet in length and too massive to fit into any port around the world. Thus, the project never left the drawing board.
Paris’ Pleasure Tower
Imagine a tower in Paris that you could take you car all the way to the top for a meal in restaurant that holds 2000 people and a view from 2300 feet high. It’s a mystery why this was never made.
Burj Khalifa Fabric Wrap
As if the bulding itself wasn’t enough, they wanted to add a transpatrent barrier of fabric around the entire buildign as an aesthetic touch. Seems a bit ridiculous.
The Manhattan Dome
Back in the sixties, domed cities were all the rage due to the rising popularity of the science fiction genre. The dome was proposed with the claims that it would provide a perfectly regulated and pollution free environment. Clearly this idea was a bit too far-fetched and the project was scrapped.
Imagine skyscrapers where each floor is covered in crops. These vertical farms were brought to the table, but there isn’t sufficient technology that exists yet to creat a sustainable environment for all of the crops.
As if the ‘Pleasure Tower’ wasn’t enough, an architect in the 1920s wanted to demolish all of Paris’ existing buildings t make way for 18 massive glass towers with sprawling gardens below. Luckily, Paris was saved when the idea didn’t catch on.
Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid
Essentially Japan wanted to make a floating pyramid in the sky to manage its rising population. The pyramid was slated to fit over one million people and be big enought to house 100 foot sky scrapers. It was just impossible to figure out how the hell to get the thing to float.
Back in the day when atomic bombs were first being used, many people were terrified of them and only saw them in a negative light. Therefore, America wanted to display them in a positive manner by suggesting ‘Project Chariot’ where they would detonate atomic boms to widen the Panama Canal. Nearby villages were not too keen on the idea and the project never happend.
In 1992, Nikolai Sutyagin of Arkhangelsk, Russia decided that his home was not up to par. So, he started building more levels. Each level he built left him dissatisfied, so he kept adding on until he was arrested and the project came to a halt. At least he broke the record for the tallest wooden home at 144 feet.
Dubai is famous for its outlandish construction concepts, but this one was extreme. A company wanted to make a string of provate islands in the shape of the world, only to run into financial trouble prior to the project being finished. While the islands do exist, there is only one that is occupied today.