VYING to create the next engineering icon, architects and developers around the world are continuously proposing skyline-defining structures that would transform their surrounding cityscapes.
However, for every new skyscraper successfully constructed, there are countless design proposals that fall just short of becoming reality.
Once celebrated by their backers, but now forgotten and consigned to the footnotes of architectural history, we take a look at some of the greatest skyscrapers never built.
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Narrated by Fred Mills
Additional footage and images courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel, the Grollo Group, Brett Hunter, Kohn Pederson Fox, Daniel Pharaoh, 22 Bishopsgate, Santiago Calatrava, Foster + Partners, Brett Hunter, Daniel Pharaoh, Harry Carmichael, and Marcin Wichary.