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A New York that never was...

An interesting collection of images of New Yorks that never were, and never will be, on Gridskipper. Zeppelins docking on the Empire State Building, bridges crossing the river instead of tunnels...

Now, if only Gaudi had built his hotel...

A quick Google later and I found more pictures of Gaudi's plans for a organic building the size of the Eiffel Tower.

One of six dining rooms, this one dedicated to Europe. As Matamala remembers it, it was to accommodate four hundred people, who would dine to music played by a large symphony orchestra. The polychrome decoration was to have a mythological theme. The ceiling would be supported by Atlantes and Nereids, symbolically representing the universe of the galaxies.
And maybe ILM would have riffed of some other architect for their "Return of the Jedi" starship designs.


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Mar. 11th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
Brilliant links. Thanks!
Mar. 11th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
My cue to rec the wonderful London As It Might Have Been, by Ralph Hyde and Felix Barker, an excellent book about some of the ideas for changing London that have appeared over the last few hundred years. Well worth reading if you can find a copy (it's been out of print for a few years but seems to be readily available via AbeBooks etc.)
Mar. 11th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
The Gaudi American Hotel: isn't that the Swiss Re building (aka the 'Gherkin') at its core? Now we see where Foster's inspiration came from!
Related to that see this rant on designobserver.com. The comments get quite acrimonious as it goes on. Still, DO look at DO for the design of the thing.
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