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The Highway that Goes Through a Building

Or should that be the building that has a highway going through it? Whichever way you look at it, the Umeda Exit of the Ikeda Route of the Hanshin Expressway system in the Japanese city of Osaka is a head turner. Image Credit Flickr User Emmet Anderson The name of the highway we have already had – the name of the office block is the slightly less exhausting Gate Tower Building.  Believe it or not, the area of Osaka in which it is situated, Fukushima-ku, is mostly residential.  Yet in the middle of this suburban area you have a somewhat intimately connected highway and 16-story office building. Image Credit Flickr User Gorimon Between the fifth and seventh floors is something which no town planner ever envisions in their wildest dreams but still – here it is.  A road runs through it. Inside the building, however, it is business as usual, despite the highway. Its occupants are so industrious, in fact, that it is known locally as The Beehive. Image Credit Flickr Use