A house in a tree hollow, Topola Tekla in Chudów, Poland
Gate Tower Building, Osaka
In Osaka, Japan, there is a building that is as practical as it is unusual. In the Gate Tower Building, a section of the city highway runs between floors 5 to 7. The building has reinforced sound insulation so that the noise doesn’t affect the surrounding offices. However, special architecture comes at a price. The motorway operator pays rent for the floors occupied by the motorway: the equivalent of around 15,000 euros a month.
Beirut Terraces, Beirut, Lebanon
The building is a multilayered 119-meter-tall high-rise. The stratified structure is distinguished by projecting or setting back living areas that generate terraces and overhangs, light and shadow, places of shelter and exposure. As a result, each unit is unique and variations in the layout of the apartments on each layer thoughtfully shape a new neighborhood.