September 28, 2006 If there’s a vacant block without a building on it, people notice – valuable real estate doesn’t stand vacant for long. But there’s plenty of prime real estate sitting vacant out there and the owners in most cases are completely unaware of it – it’s called the free space on the roof of many city buildings and there’s an industry fast growing up to cater for it. The Aisslinger-designed and built Loftcube is a 39 (or 55) square metre penthouse designed to be helicoptered to the location of your choice – as long as it’s on a rooftop. Once it is airlifted into place, it can be fully functional inside 2-4 days according to the architects.

There’s also a 55 square metre version and the relative prices for the 39 sqm version are EUR89,000 (US$ 112,830) without kitchen and bathroom and EUR 109,000 (US$ 138,185) with both. For the 55sqm version, it’s EUR 124,000 (US$ 157,196) without and EUR 144,000 (US$182,570) with. As the building can be picked up and moved somewhere else at a later date, it’s an interesting proposition to wrap one’s brain cells around.

UPGRADE TO NEW ATLAS PLUS

More than 1,500 New Atlas Plus subscribers directly support our journalism, and get access to our premium ad-free site and email newsletter. Join them for just US$19 a year.

UPGRADE
View gallery - 15 images