Completed in 1992, the Gate Tower Building has the distinction of hosting a highway within its walls. Construction of the highway and the office building occurred simultaneously with the fifth and seventh floors of the building set aside for the highway to cut across. Traffic makes no contact with the actual building, and the delicate design blocks out the sound and vibration of the traffic so that office workers are not distracted.
Located in Osaka, the Umeda Sky Building is actually the byproduct of two interconnected skyscrapers. Construction finished in 1993 and the building consists of two 40-story towers that meet at the highest level. The two buildings are connected with bridges and an escalator and the building is the twelfth tallest in Osaka.
Finished in 1993, Osaka’s Organic Building was one of the first to introduce green living. Designed by architect and artist Gaetano Pesce, the exterior is actually a vertical nursery for indigenous plants with concrete panels featuring fiberglass containers.
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.