If you believe the “real story” promulgated by Michael Bay and his 2007 film Transformers, the Hoover Dam wasn’t created to quench the thirst of the southwestern United States. It was, rather, commissioned by President Herbert Hoover in the 1930s to shield the energy emitted by the All Spark, the source of power and life in the Transformers universe.
Bay's idea is no more crazy town than the one submitted by United Kingdom architect Yheu-Shen Chua to the eVolo 2011 Skyscraper Competition.
Re-Imagining the Hoover Dam melds the structure's viewing platform, bridge and gallery into an inhabitable “single vertical super structure."
“One of the main purposes of the project is to allow the water from the upstream river to engage directly with the visitors through a series of containers,” reads the submission’s synopsis on eVolo.
The new design would hang a tower above the 700-foot drop into the Black Canyon. The tower would house a gallery and a vertical aquarium, reports My Modern Met.
Yheu-Shen Chua's dam-cool submission didn’t win the eVolo competition. That honor went to a Ferris Wheel-esque skyscraper conceived as a giant lung that would scrub New Delhi’s air through a series of large-scale greenhouses.