1Fallen Star (California)
"Fallen Star" took a team of engineers and other experts several years to plan and construct. Suh based the look of the fully furnished house on the architecture he saw in New England. It's even beautifully landscaped. Though the up-tilted floor and seemingly precipitous overhang might deter the faint of heart, it's totally safe. (Source)
2Private Temple over a Residential Block (China)
3Mountain Villa on a Building Rooftop (China)
However, the faux-rock villa, complete with trees, patios, and a karaoke studio, will soon be torn down after a demolition order was issued by the city's urban management department.
During the six years it took to complete, residents complained about the infernal construction noise, but after seeing the enormity of the complex covering the entire top of their building, they began to worry about structural damage. The mountain in which Biqing's villa appears to be carved may be fake, but the materials used to make it are reportedly pretty heavy, and threaten to weaken the residential building's level of resistance. It turns out that the whole rooftop project is illegal, as Zhang never received the necessary planning permission for his extreme dwelling, yet no one ever bothered him about it until Chinese newspapers recently covered the topic, sparking public outrage. (Source)
4Rooftop Soccer at Shibuya Station (Japan)
Just beyond the maddening horde and the human scramble, however, is a quieter, joyful existence. High above the Shibuya Station, or more accurately right above it, is the Adidas FUTSAL PARK.
Constructed in 2001 as an introduction to 2002 FIFA World Cup (hosted by Japan and South Korea), the Adidas FUTSAL PARK promotes a miniature version of soccer, futsal, on a 14,000 square-foot pitch that commands a breathtaking 270-degree view of Shibuya. Inspired by a former playground that was at the site before the construction of the transportation complex, the FUTSAL PARK hosts nightly tournaments among adults and J-Frontage, a futsal school for toddlers and children. It's almost a marvel of urban planning, maximizing a space not generally associated with activities such as futsal.
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5Rooftop "Villas" on Top of a Shopping Mall (China)
Unlike the previous structures on this list, the villas have proper permits, were built to code, and already have electricity and water installed. The employees that are housed there will get panoramic views and the chance to work in one of the most original office buildings in the city. (Source)
6Rooftop Lake (England)
After the devastating bombing of the department store in 1940, owner H.Gordon Selfridge vowed never to open the gardens again. In the 1920s and 1930s, the roof, with its spectacular views across London, was a popular place for strolling after a shopping trip and was often used for fashion shows. (Source)
7Runway on Top of a Building in Manhattan (New York)
Rooftops on large buildings are typically overcrowded with functional necessities like water tanks and air-conditioning equipment, so when the William Kaufman Organization built an office tower at 77 Water Street back in 1970, they placed something a little more whimsical and aesthetically pleasing on top of it.
Onlookers in other buildings higher than the 26-story office tower are distracted by the necessary machinery of a runway with functioning lights, on top of which is perched a bi-plane.
The result is magical, even if the plane itself is merely a non-functioning replica of the original. (Source)
8Didden Village on the Roof of a Private Residence (Netherlands)
Unlike many similar projects, the Didden Village does not simply offer its owners additional living and sleeping space. It actually functions like a real small village, with alleys and courtyards equipped with benches, tables, and a pool. Shoulder high parapets create the necessary sense of privacy. (Source)
9Houses on Top of a Factory (China)
10Upside-Down House on Top of Slovakian Headquarters (Slovakia)