Japanese Super Sewer
In addition to the sheer scale of engineering involved with G-Cans, the structure itself is breathtaking. The long voluminous tunnels and towering pillars give the place a strangely majestic feel. It looks like a Hollywood set, or some computer generated level for a next generation video game. So much so that G-Cans has become a tourist attraction, offering free tours to visitors. Have a look at some remarkable images from the official G-Cans site. (unfortunately available only in Japanese) And some additional images from JPDN. Becuase of the unique atmosphere, G-Cans has been the home to several TV and film shoots. Including this Range Rover commercial.
G-Cans is quite an accomplishment. I am forced to wonder if something of this magnitude could be constructed beneath coastal US cities that face flooding dangers. Such as the recently ravaged New Orleans. I understand that the majority of NOLA is below sea level, which would present some interesting engineering challenges. But I can't help but think that we can learn from our typhoon weary neighbors. Anyone with a civil engineering degree care to comment?
“Architecture begins where engineering ends.” - Walter Gropius