A man who barricaded access to the shared rooftop space of an apartment building in Hangzhou has recently made headlines after he spent thousands of yuan converting it into his own private rooftop garden.
According to People’s Daily, the terrace is supposed to be shared by all residents of the building, but one man identified only as being the occupant of room 501 has installed a security door complete with fingerprint scanner and converted the area into his own private garden.
The garden is lush with green trees, featuring plenty of open space, an outhouse and a pagoda. “If we want to visit the terrace, we have to pass his home. It’s as if he owns the place,” complained a neighbor.
Residents have for the past few years reported the issue to the building’s property management department, but no action has ever been taken. They do not believe that the occupant of room 501 has been confronted over his hijacking of the building’s sole communal area.
Speaking to the media, the occupant of room 501 freely admitted that he had taken over the rooftop terrace, but justified his actions by saying that he did it primarily for the sake of the environment. “Isn’t a terrace with lots of greenery better than one without,” he told reporters.
This incident reminds us of the villainous professor Zhang who back in 2013 decided to build a mountaintop villa on the roof of his apartment building in Beijing. Once they found out, however, authorities were less than impressed.
Here’s a flyover of the awesome villa he constructed:
By Lucy Liu
[Images via People’s Daily]