[UPDATE: Authorities want to ruin it.]
On Sunday I called these McMansion-esque villas atop an apartment building in Hunan ‘awesome’ because, well, because they’re buildings on top of buildings. How wrong I was, the crown of ‘awesome rooftop villa’ belongs to this insane edifice in Beijing.
According to the Beijing Morning Post, residents near this 26 storey apartment building in Beijing’s Renji Mountain area thought the rocks and trees appearing on top of No. 45, Building B were part of an attraction. Little did they realise this massive construction, which took over six years, was completely illegal.
A Professor Zhang reportedly bought the penthouse of Building B, clearing the over 1,000 square metre area to build a two storey villa, complete with rock garden and trees.
Reporters spoke to some residents of the building, one of whom complained that they suffered through construction noises for six years, as well as leaks and cracks in their walls due to the extra weight of Zhang’s villa on the roof.
Though reporters tried to speak to the budding Ozymandias, Professor Zhang did not answer the door.
Inspectors from the local urban management unit came to examine the building and interview tenants last month. “This is definitely an illegal construction, we have issued notice to Professor Zhang, but do not know how to go forward in this case,” one official told the Beijing Morning Post.
Demolition of Zhang’s rooftop palace will ironically have to go through examination and approval procedures before it goes ahead, the exact formalities that the professor avoided during construction.
An expert interviewed by the paper pointed to the obvious safety risks posed by the villa, not only due to the added weight but also the susceptibility of the construction to earthquakes or lightning strikes.