I never thought that we would go to South Korea for the purpose of conquest of skyscrapers. But recent results of monitoring of construction of skyscrapers have shown that the highest building of Lotte World Tower on the Korean peninsula which is already built in full height of 555 meters, and cranes are not removed yet because of the roofing works are conducted.
Without any doubts, we bought tickets through our regular sponsor which name is anywayanyday.com and went to one of the most modern and developed countries – South Korea. After visiting of this place we have absolutely positive impressions, but this post is not about it. The main goal of our trip was a tower, and when we had arrived in Seoul we have been ready to climb to more than hundred floors.
After the publication of a photo from the top of this building in Instagram, a lot of people began to ask us about our managing of the way to inside, because there were tens of perimeters, fighting drones, clusters of chambers on columns and vigilant employees with guard dogs there. And all of these traps are almost real. At first we thought that we had no chance to wrap that system around our fingers … But in any one, even in ideal, there are gaps. How was it in actual fact, you can look in our new video. Check it out!
Get ready for vertigo!
Introducing a new co-project by Converse and OnTheRoof.
We climbed one of the Moscow City (Moscow International Business Center) towers to see the city from a new level. In our project, you can go to the roof with us, using the interactive features in the video. Follow the link to start a 75-floor quest:
This is the first project when we had to record a vertical video and find a smart way to fasten action cameras to our heads and hands. The reason is, the website is primarily made for mobile devices, so it’s best to watch it on the phone having fast Internet.
It was filmed in the Mercury tower. It’s 306 metres (1004 feet) tall. There are commercial video displays on the top floors, showing ads to the whole Moscow. At one point, we changed the commercials to our own video featuring the Converse and OnTheRoofs logos. We’ve done something like that only once – in Hong Kong.
You can also find some backstage photos below.
We have now returned from our trip around South America. It took us a month to visit numerous sights in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. What is a month for seeing South America? Just nothing. We were able to visit only the central and southern parts of the continent, having left the north for the future. My advice to you is: when planning a trip to South America, plan as much time as you can afford for the trip.
It so happened that our trip can be divided into two parts: the urban and the natural part. This post will be only about our urban experience, our photos from Brazil. It makes sense to roof in South America only in Brazil. As to the other countries, they are fit for the fans of the jungle, deserts, rocks, and mountains.
Recently we’ve had no time to post things and stories neither to the website nor to our blogs. Not because we forgot about them, but because we are constantly coming up with new projects. Today I’d like to show you our new video from China. Yes, it’s China once again. And yes, ironically enough it’s once again the tallest building in the world.
For more than a year ago we’ve climbed Shanghai Tower certainly not expecting the resonance and the amount of feedback we’ve got. And so, that amount of feedback led us to an idea of making a tradition of roof toping new skyscrapers all around the world. Today’s hero of attention is a new financial center still under construction and is situated in Shenzhen, China. Right now its height is about 660 meters and that makes it the second tallest tower in the world. Right after Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Japan is probably the most difficult and the most boring place for roofing. We spent two weeks in Japan visiting Tokyo and Osaka. Getting on tall buildings’ roofs in Japan is a sort of mission impossible. Because of the high suicide rates – jumping off roof is a good way to meet one’s maker, the Japanese go extra mile to restrict access to roofs. Yet, we managed to take some shots from the heights. The most interesting sight was the Akashi Kaikyo bridge, which is the tallest and the longest suspension bridge in the world. Behind the link, there are plenty of photos from the Land of the Rising Sun.
We left behind New York, the main destination of our trip to the USA. Then we went to Chicago, where we planned to stay only for 3 days. Chicago welcomed us with wide streets free from advertising and garbage and with good architecture. Compared with New York, Chicago didn’t look crowded, although this is the third city in the country for its population. One can walk and see the entire centre of Chicago, the Chicago Loop, where all the towers are located, within several hours, so we never took any public transport, except for the taxi drive from and to the airport.
Perhaps, we could have stayed there longer than 3 days, as we didn’t have time for all the sights; yet 3 days were enough for our purpose.
To travel to the United States of America was like a dream for us. Having traveled across Asia and visited China and the United Arab Emirates several times, we looked forward to going to the US, at least just for the fact that the first skyscrapers were built there. Getting visas was the most challenging thing to do for the trip, as it is rather difficult for Russian and Ukrainian citizens. In the fall, after obtaining the precious and longed-for visas, we began to plan the trip.
We spent almost a month traveling, and the first stop was naturally New York City. NYC is the biggest and most interesting city in US. We assigned a week and a half for it, which turned out to be quite enough.
During our last visit in Hong Kong, not only did we take a lot of awesome pictures, but we also made a video which was shot a few hours before our flight to Tokyo. The venue is the very heart of Hong Kong, a skyscraper with a huge billboard.
It was a real teamwork this once. Thanks to the guys: Nikolai Zheludovich (Vimeo), Arseni Khachaturan and Lau Fat Hing Hercules. We wouldn’t have had this without them.
After Hong Kong, we made for to Shanghai. Chose to go by land. On the way over, we decided to stay for a couple of days in Guangzhou – Hong Kong’s neighbour city. Below, there are a few words about what we could see there.
We got to Guangzhou from Hong Kong by train. Once we crossed the border between Hong Kong and China, many things changed. My first impression was that we arrived to a godforsaken provincial town. Almost all English signboards disappeared, Chinese people passing by were wearing simple, dull, wishy-washy kind of clothes. The train station we arrived to was crowded and very dirty. We were about to quest the hotel which would turn out quite a challenge.