(Photos: Atelier FCJZ)
This innovative house was designed in 1991 by Yung Ho Chang of Atelier FCJZ, but it was built only last year in Shanghai. Tired of pesky windows that let you see outside? Now you can instead enjoy scenic vistas of concrete blocks. Want to see your family? Just look up or down because the floors and ceilings in this four-story house are made of glass from the dining room all way the down to the toilet.
The idea, according to project architect Lu Bai, was to rotate a modern home 90 degrees, replacing walls with floors. The design helps inhabitants find inner harmony:
"With enclosed walls and transparent floors as well as roof, the house opens to the sky and the earth, positions the inhabitant right in the middle, and creates a place for meditation," he explained.