Fifth Floor: Highway Off Ramp

Gate Tower Building  is a 16 floor office building in Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan. It is notable for the highway off ramp at Umeda Exit that passes through the building.

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The building has a double core construction, with a circular cross section. The Umeda Exit of the Ikeda Route of the Hanshin Expressway system (when exiting the highway from the direction of Ikeda) passes between the fifth through seventh floors of this building. The highway is the tenant of those floors. The elevator passes through the floors without stopping, floor 4 being followed by floor 8. The floors through which the highway passes consist of elevators, stairways and machinery. The highway does not make contact with the building. It passes through as a bridge, held up by supports next to the building. The highway is surrounded by a structure to protect the building from noise and vibration. The roof has a helipad.

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Super Cool Artistic Stockholm Subway System

The Stockholm subway system is said to be the longest art exhibition in the world – 110 kilometers in length. Traveling by subway is like traveling through an exciting story that extends from the artistic pioneers of the 1950s to the art experiments of today. Over 90 of the 100 subway stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 artists. It’s a part of a long tradition of public art for public transport.

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The Kungsträdgården subway station looks like an archaeological excavation, with the remains of the old Stockholm Makalös palace. At Östermalmstorg the artist Siri Derkert highlights women’s rights and peace and environmental issues. The roof of one Stockholm station is red-lit, making it appear to be covered in billowing flames, and another boasts ancient-looking statues carved out of the tunnel walls.

Another has also taken a classical theme, with foliage entwined around pillars; while others are more modern, with rainbows painted over the rough-hewn rock surface and multi-coloured arrows pointing passengers in the right direction.

Their website states: ‘The art makes the stations perceived as more beautiful, safer and it helps to make the trip into something more than just a transport between two places.

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China’s Waterfall Skyscraper

In a country where new buildings rise up every single day, it’s a challenge for architects to come up with original designs that stand out among the crowd of skyscrapers choking the skyline of Chinese cities. This has pushed some architects towards refreshingly new designs such as the moving façade of Shanghai’s Bund Finance Center. But nobody expected a waterfall.

So when the 397-foot-tall Liebian Building in Guiyang, China, turned the faucet for the first time, panicked residents called local newspapers to report a catastrophic water leak. The “leak” turned out to be an artificial waterfall incorporated into the building’s facade. The 350-foot tall waterfall cascading down the side of the building is probably the tallest artificial waterfalls in the world.

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Keeping the monstrous column of water running will cost the building’s owners about $118 per hour, which isn’t very eco-friendly, and has upset some forward-thinking citizens.

“Whose idea was it to put a waterfall on the building? It’s a terrible idea,” one resident told Kanka News. “They should really conserve energy instead of wasting it like that.”

In response, the building’s managers said that the waterfall will run only on special occasions—for just 10-20 minutes at a time—and will use recycled water from rain or the tap.

Still, a waterfall that runs only 10 to 20 minutes for a handful of special occasions a year, maybe, and which costs more than a hundred dollars per hour is such a waste.

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