The Hanshin Expressway

hanshin expressway

There’s driving into work and there’s driving into work. The latter is possible thanks to the Hanshin Expressway in Osaka, Japan.

A regeneration project for the area of Fukushima-ku in Osaka became a literal roadblock for an extension to the city’s Hanshin Expressway. The obstacle in question was the 16-storey Gate Tower Building. Negotiations became an immovable object vs. unstoppable force argument lasting five years.

But the two parties reached a compromise. They agreed to have the expressway run through the office building at the 5th, 6th, and 7th-floor levels. Elevators for the building omit these floors and if you were wondering how this could even work, they run on the outside of the building and they’re soundproofed.

You can watch a video of the Hanshin Expressway below.

(via Atlas Obscura)

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