A free-fall amusement ride in a building! That’s right, Japan’s first building-mounted free-fall amusement ride, called Yabafo, will be integrated into an exterior wall of Osaka’s 12-story Namba H!PS entertainment complex. Scheduled to open in December and designed by architect Shin Takamatsu, the 18 billion yen ($157 million complexes is poised to become Osaka’s newest landmark. The ride will drop up to six people at a time from a height of 240 feet down to about sixty feet above street level at a top speed of fifty miles per hour. And before zooming down, passengers can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
At 86 meters (280 feet) tall and 12,000+ square meters (130,000 square feet) in area, the building will also house a variety of entertainment facilities, along with separate floors for golf, beauty salons, and restaurants. Yabafo, which is seen as the building’s main attraction, is expected to draw an estimated 400,000 thrill-seekers per year and obviously loads of cash also.