Recently, photos of a “heavily bandaged” dormitory building in Yunnan have gone viral online, raising concerns about students’ well-being. But not to worry, the university has promptly assured everyone that there’s really nothing to worry about, the cracked building is perfectly “normal.”
The dormitory was built only six months ago on the campus of Yunnan Forestry Technological College in Kunming, The Paper reports. However, soon after students moved in this semester, cracks started to appear, causing workers to go to work repairing the structure with “bandages,” giving it a new modern art design.
After seeing the photos, many web users thought that the students ought to be moved out before their dorm collapses in on them. But, these people are obviously not experts in structural engineering. The university has explained that it is common for steel-framed concrete buildings like this one to crack on the outside, adding that no cracks were found on the inside.
So that’s a relief.
A worker said that after the repairs were made to the outside, the dark “bandages” were added to help make them stick. Weibo users have since congratulated students on the trendy new design of their dormitory:
“College principal: ‘You students just don’t know anything about what is fashionable.'”
“Say no more. It really gives off an artistic aura.”
“This should become the dormitory for the arts students, that way they can gain more inspiration.”
“Am I the only one who thinks it looks disgusting? The repairs look like worms!”
Indeed, while we can not confirm that cracks on the outside of newly-built buildings are “normal,” we can verify that it is “common” in China. For instance, in 2014, some truly hellish cracks appeared on a set of 3-year-old residential buildings in Wuhan.
Nothing to worry about, just slap tape of them and it’ll be fine.
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