Proposals for “Wembley Tower” an English tower designed to rival France’s Eiffel Tower.
Many of the proposals appeared as apparitions of Constructivism or the futurism of 80 years later, such as a concrete ‘tree’, a series of stacked iron domes up a central core, and several ethereal, light metal structures, along with some spectacularly Jules Verne-esque proposals, such as a globe on a spike, which contained within itself several exhibition floors.
To cut a long story short, this entailed a skyscraping edifice to rival the Eiffel Tower, which got as far as the first few storeys, by which time investors got cold feet. The unfinished framework lay rusting for years before Wembley Stadium eventually replaced it.
(via sit down man, you’re a bloody tragedy: The Almost-Skyscrapers of Britain, 1829-1944)