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

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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.


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