Not every idea is a good idea when it comes to public architecture. In fact, some ideas are downright absurd—a Triumphal Elephant standing atop the Champs Elysees? Really? Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the wackiest national tributes to thankfully never be built.
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The Eiffel tower could also have been similarly weird, with one of the competition proposals being for a giant replica of a Guillotine, to commemorate the revolution.
Tower bridge is one of those monuments that make architects wince. A piece of kitsch pastiche that people don't realize is a modern building becuase of its proximity to the genuinely old Tower of London. What makes this alternative so striking is its similarity but difference.
This was significantly smaller than the totally crazy scheme for an enormous pyramid necropolis at Primrose Hill.
This was called the Warrant design and was in response to an earlier proposal that was also rejected.