7 Amazing Award-Winning Unbuilt Progressive Projects

Each year, Architect Magazine sifts through a batch of hopeful entries with an eye for its Progressive Architecture Awards for the best of the best of the unbuilt. Here's a look at 7 ingenious designs.

Photo by: Rojkind Arquitectos, Rendering by Glessner Group What is that cube? It's Mexico City–based Rojkind Arquitectos idea for the Liverpool Department Store, a 3-D, hexagonal, honeycomb facade made of steel-framed aluminum and fiberglass. Ingeniously, the "cavities" are tailor-made and slotted for different activities, i.e., shopping, video production. There's dining areas -- full blown restaurants -- rest rooms and other retail stores for this whimsical space. 

Architect Magazine's 61th annual Progressive Architecture Awards had some mind-bending unbuilt designs, from a 3-D honeycomb department store in Mexico City (take a look at this in the gallery), to a soccer field with a fold-down roof, to a port terminal shaped like a boot (or is it a ship or a sleek train?)

Open to all types of dwelling spaces, including commercial, religious, single family homes and cultural buildings they had to pack real intention (backed with money) to get the job done. In other words: “all projects must be real,” states the magazine. "Every submission must have a client who has land, a budget, and intent to build."

Although some of these winners might make you think the construction is untenable or the product of a very active imagination (necessary) without any nuts-and-bolts grounding, think again.  

The "progressive" projects selected are unified by the use of recycled materials, multi-purpose spaces, natural lighting schemes (or lighting with an eco-friendly, low-carbon footprint). There's a few call-outs, or "challenges" to spaces dominated by old-guard architects, such an art center-archive proposed for an entire city-block just south of the Frank Gehry's shiny Disney Hall Music Center in Los Angeles.

Photo by: 5468796 Architect Magazine's Progressive Awards gave first place award in 2013 to the Bond Tower in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Architects: 5468796

Last year, the winner was the 45,500-square-foot, 11-story Bond Tower in Winnipeg and designed by the firm 5468796 and singled out for its "beautiful proportions."

Entries for the 2015 P/A are coming due in October this year.  Learn more at Architect Magazine and view older winners.




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