Building codes? Safety protocols? Presidential mandates? Pure frivolity! Here are China’s most disastrous attempts at architecture this year:
10) Chiang Ching-kuo’s old lakeside villa in Hangzhou reopened as a McDonald’s
As a final act of retribution for the bitter Chinese Civil War, the former Hangzhou residence of former Taiwanese leader Chiang Ching-kuo was finally turned into a freaking McDonald’s in November.
9) Beijing’s largest illegal bunker
A Beijing resident’s plans for a personal, multilevel “garage” under his downtown hutong home were foiled after city officials discovered the cavernous and very illegal underground bunker.
The hole is expected to take a month to fill in at a cost of 1 million yuan.
8) Shenyang’s “plastic wrap” high-rise
In February, a building in Shenyang attracted quite a bit of attention from local residents after the flimsy sheets of plastic covering it began peeling off. The eye-sore of a structure stands as a firm reminder as to why workers should never, ever cover an entire high-rise in “plastic wrap”.
7) Henan expressway that collapsed due to heavy rainfall
A 16 meter long and 3 meter wide portion of this expressway built in Henan province collapsed because of heavy rain the night before. The cave-in occurred just as a car was passing, creating a massive crater at least 1.5 meters deep.
6) Zhengzhou cigarette bridge
Presumably designed by a local smoker, these posts are actually street lights.
5) Jiansu’s blinging gold office building
The 28-story golden-brick building, which was finished this year, is reported to be 99.9 meters tall. That’s probably on purpose.
4) Guizhou apartment building that collapsed, killing four
Apartments collapse all the time in China, but this one made the list because four people died. One woman said she survived by holding on to a door as the structure went out beneath her.
3) Zhejiang luxury villas pierced through by giant cables
These massive cables carrying electricity were actually built prior to the villas, but somehow remained after the zone had been approved for residential development. Out of a total of nine new buildings, six of them don’t have 6-inch thick cables running through the middle.
2) Hangzhou building that made a clean break
Pictures show the fractured building, where a gaping chasm is what remains of the severed first floor. Miraculously, the top two tiers refused to succumb to gravity and remain somewhat intact, despite now finding themselves slumped at an oblique angle on the shattered remains of the decimated first story.
1) Taiyuan’s new luxury homes of foam
From the outside, these deathtrap luxury residences in Taiyuan don’t look half bad. There are trees, grass and even a gutter! But it turns out that the insulation materials the developers used weren’t quite up to standard, crumbling like a cookie and igniting like a newspaper.
Let the buyer beware.
WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…
By Mary DeMay