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Top 5: World's wackiest architecture designs

by Oliver Ephgrave on Feb 2, 2012


Chess City: Not so black and white.
Chess City: Not so black and white.
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Chess City, Dubai
Some hare-brained schemes surfaced in the last decade, but this one is the wackiest of them all. Announced in October 2004, this $3 billion project was the brainchild of World Chess Federation (Fide) president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Designed to resemble a giant chessboard, it involves 32 hotels on a 64-hectare plot of land. Pawn-shaped 3-star hotels sit next to bishop-shaped 5-star hotels, while four super-luxury hotels represent the kings and queens. The complex also provides the headquarters of the International Chess Association. Then the credit crunch came, and the scheme was put on hold indefinitely. The words 'check mate' spring to mind.


 


 



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