Each stage of the creative process gives insight into the architect's imagination. Here's a sampling of architectural drawings and sketches for a variety of projects, from famous structures to visionary structures that were never built.
For this ambitious project, Frank Lloyd Wright drew a spiralling roadway that mimicked the shape of the mountain. His client, Gordon Strong, rejected the plans, but the architectural drawing reveals Frank Lloyd Wright's early experiments with hemicycle forms.
The World Trade Center architects imagined four blocks of light-filled, column-free floors centered around a central core.
This architect's sketch envisions a skyscraper completing the spiral composition of the four towers in the new World Trade Center Complex.
In this early architectural rendering, Cass Gilbert imagined a vast domed structure modeled after Saint Peter's in Rome.
The architect drew detailed section drawings for a skyscraper with with bright, light-filled spaces.
Through his drawings, architect Frank Lloyd Wright proposed a Burberry Line of modular furnishings that could be arranged in a variety of configurations.
Australian architect Glenn Murcutt combined his own creative vision with Aboriginal ideas, sketching a long, low house with flexible shutters and natural ventilation.