Living near the local train station is a big deal for many home buyers, But what if the train came straight to your front door?
This was the case in Chongqing, which is one of the most populated and highly constructed cities in China. A light railway track has been designed to run directly through a hole in a 19-storey block of flats. The tunnel has been built through floors six to eight.
According to Mail Online, if you’re worried about the noise, the building has been specially insulated and is said to be no louder than a dishwasher.
The area, also known as Mountain City, is home to 49 million people who are packed into just 31,000 square miles of land, so this is a great way to solve space issues.
‘Our city is very heavily built upon and that can make finding room for roads and railway lines a real challenge,’ a city transport spokesman said.
Architects and city planners were given the task of building an overhead monorail line in the city, but besides many other challenges, they had a 19-floor apartment building standing their way.
The apparent two options were either to change the train’s route or to bring down the building. But breaking all expectations, in 2004 the Rail Transit No.2 was approved amazingly to pass through the two floors of the building! And 13 years later, the planners are still convinced that it was the best option.
There is even a passenger station set up on the 7th and 8th floors, meaning the residents of the building can literally walk out the front door and jump on the train.
This has increased the value of the building by several folds due to the incredibly easy access to public transportation.