Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Unbuilt Projects: Death & Rebirth in the Desert

I'm starting a new series on Unbuilt Projects. For example, decades ago, The Architect designed an information center and administrative office for a new community at the edge of the Mohave Desert -- he called his design The Ship of the Desert, to house a theater/meeting room, an exhibit area, and staff and public spaces. Designed to mimic a sail, fluttering in the breeze, it was meant to serve as a visual focus and create a desert preserve and gateway facility.

Unfortunately, as is the case with about half of most projects that architects design, it was never built.

However, in the 90's and in another desert halfway around the world, another building was designed and built to mimic a sail as you can see below... By the way, this is not the "other Skywalker" that Yoda was referring to in my previous post. The other is yet to come.


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