A View From Above: Rooftop Living Around the World

From Brian Meyerson's Bondi Penthouse to Pascal Grasso's Nomiya Restaurant, a look at rooftop refuges that remind us of our fascination with dwelling in alternate layers of the city

OB1103-Post.jpg

Luc Besson's 1997 futuristic movie The Fifth Element opens with a breathtaking scene of a multi-level city. The elevated lifestyle pictured there is still more than a few steps away, and in our everyday architecture rooftops are just an otherwise functionally-obsolete protective cap on buildings. However, the line-up presented here of rooftop refuges is a reminder of the fascination with dwelling in alternate layers of the city. Quite often employing present-day technological advances in prefab structures, the rooftop locations are also a great way of addressing a lot of today's big social issues related to mobility, recycling, and the optimal use of space in overcrowded cities.


View the complete OpenBuildings collection: View From the Top.

Image: Teck Siong Desmond Tan.

Presented by

OpenBuildings is a community-driven encyclopedia of buildings from around the world. It is a database of historic, contemporary, and conceptual architecture that exists as a website and applications for iPhone and Android.

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in Global

Just In