Space is at a premium in Daegu, as it is in so many cities in East Asia. Unlike other cities in the region, however, Daegu does not feel cramped – rather, it seems busy and densely populated, but also well managed. Most of the buildings in the city have multiple floors – not just the office buildings and apartment complexes, but regular shops and restaurants as well. In addition, many of these buildings are brightly painted in a variety of colours; it is not uncommon to see a green, blue, or even pink building downtown. The colours mix with the varied building heights to create a visually complex view – one that most American cities cannot equal.
As I mentioned earlier, Daegu is a city that knows how to wring every last square meter of space from its land. An excellent case in point is this apartment: though you cannot see from this angle, it is actually not an apartment complex. It is, rather, an office building with three floors, which then gives way to two floors of living spaces, the last of which exits to the roof. The tenants in this particular apartment chose to plant a beautiful garden, making an excellent use out of their rooftop access and also adding to the beauty of the city.
This photograph was taken from a vantage point on a very similar building. The ladder just behind the bright yellow water tank leads up to another small roof, which hosts line-of-sight microwave links and satellite dishes, and also provides an excellent view of the southern portion of the city, looking east towards one of several mountain ranges.