No matter how much evidence we trot out about how dense living is superior, someone’s always going to demur because they want a big house with a big yard. And you can only get those in the suburbs, right? Well, not if you build them on top of other buildings, like this neighborhood on top of a shopping mall in Zhuzhou, China.
It looks like a nice place to raise your kids until they go plummeting over the edge, but these houses are actually intended as offices for the mall developer’s 160 real estate management employees. You totally could live up there in theory, though — they’ve got electricity and plumbing and all the necessary permits. It’s a little bit of suburban paradise, right on top of urban convenience. If I were a real estate agent, I’d be wetting myself right now.
Four Houses Built on the Roof of a Shopping Mall in China, Laughing Squid.