With time, matters alternate and so does the mindset of humans. Not long ago, dwelling in a tower was considered middle class. The rich used to live in large, beautiful homes with a front backyard and more than required rooms.
However, the situation has flipped by 180 Degrees. These days, the richest of the richest stay in the skyscrapers, tearing the sky with no height limits, new, fantastic, green, high tech buildings being constructed every day. Do you need instance? Shall we speak about Mukesh Ambani? His home has 27 floors, he could easily get himself a huge, huge mansion but he chose otherwise.
Ever wondered how this concept of high-rise buildings advanced?
High-rise apartment buildings had already appeared in antiquity: the insulae in ancient Rome and several other cities in the Roman Empire, some of which might have reached up to ten or more stories, one reportedly having 200 stairs. Because of the destruction caused by poorly built high-rise insulae collapsing, several Roman emperors, beginning with Augustus (r. 30 BC – 14 AD), set limits of 20–25 meters for multi-story buildings, but met with limited success, as these limits were often ignored despite the likelihood of taller insulae collapsing. The lower floors were typically occupied by either shops or wealthy families, while the upper stories were rented out to the lower classes.
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- Why do we need Tall Buildings?
If you stay in Mumbai or Delhi, the answer to this query has to be as obvious as pollution in Delhi or Waterlogging in Mumbai. Yes, it’s limited land that has brought about all of the hassles. With the population not displaying any signs and symptoms of decrease and India poised to be the most populated country in a few years, the handiest option left is to go high and high.
- The Good and The Bad:
Apart from land crunch, are there other incentives that might motivate you to leave your big bungalow and shift to a high-rise in a luxurious tower? Sure, there are a few reasons that might motivate you to shift to a new home.
Location: High-rises are often located in premium neighborhoods. Living in a high rise often gives you walking access to great restaurants, public transportation and possibly your place of employment.
Safety: Maximum high-rises have a devoted protection team, which ensures that you are secure in your home.
Services: Highrises frequently have gyms, pools and public meeting rooms. they will also have a few retails, along with an eating place or dry cleaner on their ground floor.
Constructing Relationships: With an excellent assortment of humans to mingle with, it will become easy to find an accomplice.
but it isn’t always as buttery because it appears a few problems do arise:
- Neighbors: In a high-rise, you commonly have neighbors above, below and to both sides of you. Obviously, this can be positive, but it has the more potential for trouble than when your neighbors are close, but a short distance away, as in a single family or walk up building. Your neighbors could be loud and party all the time, or perhaps worse, they could complain every time you have 2 friends over for a couple drinks and aren’t dead silent. In a lower rise, you typically have more control over the amount of interaction with your neighbors.
- Pets: Highrises often have restrictions on pets. Having a dog in a highrise has the added complexity of having to make a fairly lengthy trip each time the animal needs to do its business.
- Outdoor space: Lowrise buildings will often have more functional outdoor space, whether it is a patio, yard or deck. High rise units sometimes have balconies, but these are often not very functional, because of the limited size, high winds and limited views and access. high rises are also typically located in “concrete jungle” areas with fewer public green spaces in the vicinity, so this can be a concern.
- Building restrictions: High rises often have restrictions on which utility suppliers (including television and internet) you can use within their building. This can be frustrating if you work for a telecom or have some relationship with a different vendor and would prefer your own service.
The fact that building tall structures damage the environment cannot be denied but apart from sending people to Mars and Making Tall buildings, no other option seems convincing. Architects around the globe are trying to make skyscrapers more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Tokyo is one example where the mingling of Nature and Concrete can be seen. Once known as a concrete Jungle, Tokyo has done well to improve its image.