Architecture, Japan

Urban Concrete Jungle

Some parts of Japan’s cityscapes may look to the occasional visitor as if they were built unaffected by any urban development regulations. A well-known spot is the area around Osaka’s Gate Tower Building.

At a first glance, it seems like any other multi-floor office construction. Except for a highway offramp that is passing through it – the Umeda exit of the Hanshin expressway. In the building’s main lobby, the highway operator is listed as tenant for floor levels 5–7.

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