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A Psychiatric Hospital and an Alternative Public Workspace: 10 Unbuilt Projects Submitted by our Readers

Focusing on competition entries, this week’s curated selection of the best-unbuilt architecture from our readers' submissions, highlights projects from across the globe, presented part of international contests. Some are winners, some are not but all of the featured schemes have an intriguing conceptual approach, and a different story to tell.

Tackling diverse programming, the entries include an urban public housing proposal in South Korea, the Dianju Village Library in China and a new Future-Oriented Neighborhood in Finland combining urban and sustainable living. Moreover, the article showcases rare and unconventional functions like a hospital for psychiatry & neurological diseases in Turkey and an intervention on a famed Oscar Niemeyer site.

Concert Hall Blaibach / peter haimerl.architektur

© Edward Beierle © NAARO © NAARO © NAARO + 60

Blaibach, Germany

Yanqing Grape Expo / Archea Associati

© Cristiano Bianchi © Cristiano Bianchi © Pietro Savorelli © Pietro Savorelli + 41

  • Architects: Archea Associati
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  15000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

WAFAI Architecture and Fragomeli+Partners Design an Islamic Cultural Center in Piedmont, Italy

Wafai Architecture and Fragomeli+partners, two architecture practices based in Torino, Italy have imagined an Islamic cultural center in the Piedmont area. The project features a mosque and a center for cultural and social activities, a space that promotes constructive dialogues.

Courtesy of Wafai Architecture and Fragomeli+partners Courtesy of Wafai Architecture and Fragomeli+partners Courtesy of Wafai Architecture and Fragomeli+partners Courtesy of Wafai Architecture and Fragomeli+partners + 7

Stone Art Gallery / O-office Architects

© LIKYFOTO © LIKYFOTO © LIKYFOTO © LIKYFOTO + 22

Guangzhou, China
  • Architects: O-office Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1270
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Zeimuls, Centre of Creative Services of Eastern Latvia / SAALS Architecture

© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	+ 30

  • Architects: SAALS Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

WuliEpoch Culture Center / Atelier Alter Architects

© Highlite Images Courtesy of Atelier Alter Architects © Highlite Images © Highlite Images + 37

Beijing, China

LAND Experience Center / Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas + 23

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2110
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Heavenly Water Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition 2014 / HHD_FUN

© DuoCai Photograph
© DuoCai Photograph
Qingdao, China
  • Architects: HHD_FUN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6539
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

© Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang + 14

FGP Atelier Begins Construction of Guangzhou International Cultural Center in China

© FGP Atelier © FGP Atelier © FGP Atelier © FGP Atelier + 26

The construction of a new 150,000m2, 320m tall tower is underway in Guangzhou, China under the leadership of Mexican architect Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido: FGP Atelier. The project, titled the Guangzhou International Cultural Center (GICC), takes a holistic approach to design, combining architectural, engineering, environmental, functional, and technological principles to create a landmark for the ages.

Daoíz y Velarde Cultural Center / Rafael de La-Hoz

© Alfonso Quiroga © Alfonso Quiroga © Alfonso Quiroga © Alfonso Quiroga + 12

Venturada, Spain
  • Architects: Rafael de La-Hoz
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6850
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Artist Studios / KNOWSPACE

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Courtesy of Knowspace

Courtesy of Knowspace Courtesy of Knowspace Courtesy of Knowspace Courtesy of Knowspace + 17

Suzhou Shi, China
  • Architects: KNOWSPACE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1488
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Glass-Walled Labyrinth / Robert Morris

© Josh Ferdinand © Josh Ferdinand © Josh Ferdinand © Josh Ferdinand + 7

Kansas City, United States

Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci Sculpture Studio / aterlier100s+1

© Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen + 21

Beijing, China
  • Architects: aterlier100s+1
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1257
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

10Cal Tower / Supermachine Studio

© Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya © Wison Tungthunya + 25

Tambon Saen Suk, Thailand

NextOffice's Artist Forum to be a Cultural Hub for Sadra, Iran

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NextOffice’s Sadra Artists Forum is a public cultural center to be located in the arid suburban town of Sadra. Consisting entirely of low-lying or subterranean building levels, the project's unique structure contrasts the surrounding urban area and uniquely shapes the relationship between interior and exterior spaces.

ARTCOR Creative Center / Maxim Calujac

© Volker Kreidler © Volker Kreidler © Volker Kreidler © Volker Kreidler + 20

Chișinău, Moldova
  • Architects: Maxim Calujac
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  850
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019