China Says Goodbye To Its Mysterious, Illegal High-Rise Fortress

China Says Goodbye To Its Mysterious, Illegal High-Rise Fortress

The luxurious "mountain villa" built atop a Beijing high-rise is being torn down. The $US4 million penthouse was built by a Chinese health care entrepreneur named Zhang Lin on the roof of an existing apartment building earlier this year, much to the chagrin of its party-pooper occupants.

To build his totally unregulated shangri-la, Lin's construction team had installed extra steel beams along the facade of the existing building — theoretically offsetting the extra weight. But tenants below complained of burst pipes and cracked walls, and back in August, officials demanded that Lin demolish the structure. "Now I realise it was a huge mistake," a forlorn Lin told the New York Times.

A mistake, maybe, but a glorious one. [The People's Daily via Curbed]

China Says Goodbye To Its Mysterious, Illegal High-Rise Fortress

Pictures: The People's Daily

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