By RICHARD ASHMORE
If you can't get round it: The 16-level office block has a busy fly-over running straight through the ground floor - locals have nicknamed the building the beehive referring to its appearance as a bustling place
Resourceful Japanese engineers did not let a small matter like a lack of space deter them when they needed to begin a new construction project and managed to build a road through an office block in the city of Osaka.
The 16-storey building Gate Tower Building has a busy fly-over running straight through the ground floor as this amazing picture shows
Locals have nicknamed the building the 'beehive' referring to its appearance as a 'bustling place.'
Lighting the way: The road looks even more futuristic by night
The building has a double core construction, with a circular cross section and the Umeda Exit of the Ikeda Route of the Hanshin Expressway system passes between the fifth and seventh floors. The highway is the tenant of those floors and actually pays rent. The lift even passes through the floors without stopping, floor 4 being followed by floor 8.
The floors through which the highway passes consist of elevators, stairways and machinery. The motorway does not make contact with the building and it passes through as a bridge, held up by supports next to the building.
Architects surrounded the road with a structure to protect the building from noise and vibration.