Architecture is more successful as ruin than when it is occupied. At towers of ilium we call this "Ozymandias Syndrome" and our critical theory department makes a point of seeking out buildings that have achieved the noble patina of complete abandonment. A building under construction, however, is generally a great disappointment. Most architects dislike the messiness of the construction process--the revelation of design failures and changes demanded by reason or client needs.
This photo, of a famous building in Cambridge, captures an idealistic moment in the erection. Devoid of people, the structure looks like it is in dress rehearsal for its inevitable destruction.