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On the adaptive use of space.

A small building on the roof of a much larger building, with a cityscape in the distance

I think I originally got the idea from Mad Magazine when I was a kid, but as far as I can remember I've always been fascinated with the idea of building a home on the roof of a skyscraper in a major city.

Just imagine – you come home from a long day's work in New York or London or Madrid, and take the elevator past the 20th floor to the roof. The doors open, and a surreal suburban landscape (sans the driveway, natch) unfolds before you: a manicured lawn, a 70's-style ranch or a split level, maybe a picket fence and a swing set in the back yard. Your puppers comes running over to greet you, you BBQ some burgers on the back porch, and you watch the sun set over the city as you wash the dishes.

Pictured here: El Sindicato, a design firm in Ecuador, has created their take on the concept: the Parasitic House, which is designed to be placed on the top of skyscrapers.


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