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High-rise is a 1975 novel by J. G. Ballard. It was published in New York by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1977 with ISBN 0030206510. It takes place in an ultra-modern, luxury high-rise building. A film version, directed by Vincenzo Natali is scheduled to be released in 2006 (for speculation on the film and some quotes from Natali, see here).
The building seems to give its well-established tenants all the conveniences and commodities that modern life has to offer: swimming-pools, its own school, a supermarket, high-speed elevators. But at the same time, the building seems to be designed to isolate the occupants from the larger world outside, allowing for the possibility to create their own closed environment.