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A Futuristic Amusement Park and an Ecological Power Plant: 16 Unbuilt Competition-Winning Projects Submitted to ArchDaily

This week’s curated selection of Best Unbuilt Architecture highlights competition-winning projects submitted by the ArchDaily Community. From art museums to memorials, this article explores cultural functions and commercial spaces, and presents projects submitted to us from all over the world.

Featuring commercial spaces that honor the historic architectures of Ukraine and Romania, and a public plaza inspired by the topography between the coastal line and the urban square of Usküdar, this roundup explores how architects have designed monumental structures that cater to the needs of the public while respecting the surrounding topography. This round up also includes a collection of competition-winning proposals in Spain, China, Thailand, India, Israel, Iran, Kosovo, and Hungary, each responding to different contexts, spatial needs, and geographies.

Bursa Atatürk Sports Hall. Image Courtesy of Tamirci ArchitectsBursa Atatürk Sports Hall. Image Courtesy of Tamirci ArchitectsHangzhou E-sports Ecological Park and E-sports Stadium. Image Courtesy of CSADIHsinta Ecological Power Plant Taiwan. Image Courtesy of LWA+ 204

A Theme Park-Inspired Urban Design in Italy and a Floating Neighbourhood in Iran: 10 Unbuilt Projects Submitted to Archdaily

Urban design is increasingly striving for more inclusive, sustainable environments, bringing together various groups and activities, and fostering social interaction. This week's curated selection of the Best Unbuilt Architecture focuses on urban designs, large-scale urban development projects and masterplans submitted by the ArchDaily Community, showcasing how architects around the world work with and shape the urban fabric of highly diverse environments.

From the transformation of a brownfield into a lively neighbourhood in the Czech Republic to the redevelopment of Bergamo's city centre around new spatial and collective values, the following projects showcase the ideas shaping urban design, from functional diversity and notions of proximity to a focus on outdoor spaces. The common denominators of the following projects are their collective focus and the strong connection with the existing urban fabric.

Transformation of the brownfield area in Náchod city. Image Courtesy of LETO Architects Chorus Life. Image © JDP Joseph Di Pasquale ArchitectsManox Courtesy of Levitt Bernstein. Image © HAZEPalimpsest. Image Courtesy of Sepide Elmi+ 81

A Library in South Korea and a School in Mozambique :10 Unbuilt Projects Submitted to Archdaily

This week’s curated selection of the Best Unbuilt Architecture focuses on projects related to learning, research and culture submitted by the ArchDaily Community. From kindergartens to libraries and universities, the article explores how different spaces of knowledge around the world are designed to inspire their users.

Featuring an array of scales and architectural programs, the list of projects includes a circular library in South Korea, a bridge-like kindergarten in Poland, as well a university in Tel Aviv that creates a series of opportunities for unmediated interactions and unscripted learning. The following are architectural programs that cater to the dissemination of knowledge in all its forms and to all age and social groups.

Pathways of Knowledge. Image © Abdelrahman Adel & Abdallah MekkawiAdaptation Centre for Deafblind Young People. Image Courtesy of ATRIUMAdaptation Centre for Deafblind Young People. Image Courtesy of ATRIUMThe Nature Gate. Image © OneArt studio+ 60

A 3D-Printed Majlis and Suspended Cliff Platforms: 10 Unbuilt Projects Submitted to ArchDaily

This week’s curated selection of Best Unbuilt Architecture highlights cultural structures submitted by the ArchDaily Community. From pavilions to installations, this article explores the topic of cultural urban interventions and presents approaches submitted to us from all over the world.

Featuring a pavilion nestled in the sand dunes of the Persian desert, an afrofuturistic, interactive art installation proposed for the upcoming Burning Man event, and a new take on summer cinemas in Russia, this roundup explores how architects reimagined traditional gathering places and created urban interventions in all scales. The round up also includes a collection of structures in the United Arab Emirates, United Sates of America, France, and the United Kingdom, each responding to different contexts and topographies.

VERDON BALCONIES. Image Courtesy of Christophe Benichou ArchitecturesMECCANO. Image Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects3D Printed Emirati Majlis . Image Courtesy of MEAN Designs3D Printed Emirati Majlis . Image Courtesy of MEAN Designs+ 67

A Skyscraper in Costa Rica and Coastal Monuments: 10 Unbuilt Projects Submitted to ArchDaily

Scale defines spatial experience. From a single room or space to entire masterplans and urban designs, moving between scales shows how designers zoom in or out. Working across programs and contexts around the world, architects are exploring the possibilities of scale to shape human experience. For unbuilt work, these proposals combine ideas of structure, materiality and form to redefine typologies and the future of urban environments.

This week’s curated selection of the Best Unbuilt Architecture focuses on diverse scales of building. Drawn from an array of firms and local contexts, they represent proposals submitted by the ArchDaily Community. They showcase different approaches to designing at diverse scales, from the size of a single room to a high-rise. The projects include a log driving museum in Oslo and a center for health in Hawaii, to a laboratory in Shenzhen and a skyscraper in Costa Rica.

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An Underground House in Ukraine and an Extension for the Glasgow School of Art: 12 Unbuilt Projects Submitted by our Readers

Going out twice per month, our curated selection of Best Unbuilt Architecture submitted by our readers highlights inventive conceptual approaches and designs. Showcasing projects from all over the world, this article puts together several programs, from houses to master plans. Moreover, it presents winning proposals from international competitions, buildings in progress, and creative concepts.

In the housing category, the roundup features an underground bunker-like house plan in Ukraine, a suspended glass structure cabin in Portugal, a complex of residential units in France, and a site-less, style-inclusive reinterpretation of the vertical housing block. In addition, a playful commercial building in Iran, a WWI memorial in Serbia, and an extension for the Glasgow School of Art join the selection, with their imaginative architecture and out of the box ideas.

Le Métropolitain. Image Courtesy of Vincent Lavergne Architecture UrbanismeGlasgow School of Art Extension . Image Courtesy of Barry Wark ArchitectureUnderground House Plan B . Image Courtesy of Sergey Makhno ArchitecsPorter Square Station. Image Courtesy of Alex Hogrefe Visualization+ 65

The Dream of a Museum Exhibition Reveals Alvar Aalto’s Unbuilt Museum Designs

The Alvar Aalto Museum is showcasing one last exhibition before it undergoes a complete renovation, highlighting the architect’s unbuilt museum designs. While Aalto designed a total of 15 museum buildings, only three made it from concepts to the actual built structures. The exhibition entitled “The Dream of a Museum” includes both detailed and more sketch-like plans, along with competition entries.

Alvar Aalto Museum (1971-73), facade. Original drawing . Image Courtesy of Alvar Aalto FoundationPerniö Museum (1928-29), Finland. Original Drawing . Image Courtesy of Alvar Aalto FoundationTallinn Art Museum (193-37), Estonia. Interior perspective. Original drawing . Image Courtesy of Alvar Aalto FoundationTurku Fair, 1929. Original drawing. Image Courtesy of Alvar Aalto Foundation+ 19

A Greenhouse City on Mars and a Dockside Tower in Dublin: 8 Unbuilt Projects Submitted by our Readers

Architecture is defined by its context. This holds especially true when buildings are located in harsh climates and must respond to natural conditions. This week’s curated selection of the Best Unbuilt Architecture focuses on designs located at the intersection of nature and the built environment. Drawn from all over the world, they represent proposals submitted by our readers.

The article features a range of building types and locations, including many coastal proposals, from a regeneration plan on the South Coast of England and a proposal to link the famous Turku archipelago, to a dockside timber tower in Dublin. Also included are more extreme ideas, from an overlook on the Algarve coast to a vertical city with greenhouses located along a cliff on Mars.

Nüwa City on Mars. Image Courtesy of ABIBOO StudioTaikang Gui-Garden Elderly Care Community Center. Image Courtesy of SANDock Mill. Image Courtesy of Urban AgencyNüwa City on Mars. Image Courtesy of ABIBOO Studio+ 40