You may have read shocking rejection notices given to authors and movie stars who later became the biggest names in the industry, but sometimes the architectural world is even more brutal. Star architects, even at the peaks of their careers, are often handed rejection notices for designs with comments about their designs being impossible, too glitzy, or even too ambitious. The series of rejection notices below may stun you. Norman Foster’s concept of a London airport built on an island in the Thames was laughed out of existence, only to watch as other cities embraced ideas to build on the water to save space. The amazing Frank Gehry’s concept for a conservative Eisenhower Presidential Memorial were rejected for being too progressive, even though it was one is his most conservative designs ever.
The modern day architectural Zaha Hadid even gets rejected after winning a design contest. Zaha created an award winning design for a casino in Basel, Switzerland only to watch as 62.5% of the city’s residents rejected the idea. It just goes to prove, even when we have fantastic ideas, they may get rejected.
Floating London Airport by Norman Foster
Eisenhower Memorial by Frank Gehry
Kimball Art Center Extension by Bjarke Ingels
Neues Stadt-Casino by Zaha Hadid
Miami Beach Convention Center by Rem Koolhaas
Grand Avenue, Los Angeles by Gensler & Robert A.M. Stern
Plaza at Santa Monica by Rem Koolhaas
Cancer Care Center by Steven Holl
Via Web Urbanist