A French-style schoolhouse dating back nearly 90 years was lifted and shifted more than 50 meters on its campus in Shanghai’s Huangpu district.
The three-story building is part of the Shanghai Qixiu Experimental Middle School on Sinan Road and it posed fire hazards because of its close proximity to a teaching building and auditorium on either side. The building reportedly blocked two doors and also prevented sunlight from getting in.
It was rolled on tracks for a total of 53 meters then rotated 94 degrees clockwise, according to Shanghai Daily, citing the city’s Xianwei Civil Enginerring Co Ltd.
This isn’t the first time such measures have been taken to preserve a building. An 85-year-old structure designed by a British architect was moved nearly 40 meters in a neighborhood “facelift” last year. In 2013, the Shanghai Concert Hall was rolled more than 66 meters to make way for the construction of a new metro line.
[Image: Wang Rongjiang via Shanghai Daily]