Celebrating the buildings that weren't,
and ideas that continue to be.

This website is a home to numerous ideas that couldn’t be realised due to several reasons.


Unbuilt 2.0: architecture of future collectives

unbuilt 2.0: architecture of future collectives delves deeper into the meaning of unbuilt, and expands beyond the buildable unbuilt. It features about 50 ideas, realistic and speculative, along with thought provoking and intriguing essays on the theme by diverse design professionals across India.

Book Cover Unbuilt 1.0

india: unbuilt architecture vol 1.0

Indian architects report that a significant amount of their work remains unbuilt - whether as concepts that didn’t make the cut at competitions, as proposals which got tied up in red tape, or as projects that were abandoned by stakeholders. While we measure the worth of a building by the visual, tactile and spatial experience it offers, the fact remains that unrealized ideas are just as crucial as built structures - for design, development and discourse. This volume seeks to celebrate these ideas.

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Unbuilt Ideas

Marissa Housing by Architecture Dialogue

Marissa Housing, at Dhahran City, Saudi Arabia, by Architecture Dialogue

The master planning of the Marissa Housing responds to the local climatic, social and sustainability needs to create a contextually appropriate architecture. The contemporary Islamic style architecture responds to the brief by providing an introverted planning that is designed around a central landscaped courtyard. The residential units are enclosing a shaded and landscaped courtyard that is optimally shaded and densely planted as an oasis amidst the city

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HOUSE OF ARCHES, at Palakkad, Kerala, by Akhil Gopi

HOUSE OF ARCHES, at Palakkad, Kerala, by Akhil Gopi

The courtyard is conceived as a spatial divider, like a family camp, to consolidate and share the conviviality and burdens of daily living without feeling overcrowded at night. The courtyard is excavated in plan to optimize views and passive solar gain, allowing light and air inside, while sinking the house into the landscape to maximize thermal insulation and intimacy from the urban context. – Akhil Gopi

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India: Unbuilt Architecture (VOl 1.0) features around 50 curated unbuilt ideas from across India and a number of intriguing essays and conversations among design professionals on the theme.