A year after the construction of the Eiffel tower, the British decided that I should build his tower. Even better and even higher. First, it was decided to invite the French engineer Eiffel, but he refused out of Patriotic reasons. Then, in 1890, was held an architectural competition. Was presented 68 projects. The vegetarian society, for example, suggested the option of hanging gardens in which to grow vegetables. Was a project with spiral miniature railway. Had a copy of the tower of Babel.
The victory project No. 37 – the London tower was to be for forty meters above Paris. Won’t the most interesting project, copy, with alterations, a variant of Eiffel.
At the observation deck was supposed to be a restaurant, theatre, exhibition and Turkish baths. To build it decided at Wembley Park. It was planned that this tourist attraction will greatly help the development of the North of London.
However, when the builders reached a height of 47 meters, the money ran out. Besides, it became clear that the marshy ground could not bear the weight of the tower. Construction freeze. Then the war started and the structure was dismantled for scrap. Now this place is the Wembley stadium.
Second place in the competition won the project.
Let’s for the sake of curiosity let’s see what other projects were presented.
Reminds screws under the microscope. It is strange that very few unusual solutions.