villas built atop 26-story apartment buildings and rows of homes constructed on the roof of shopping centers, there’s little doubt that China’s high-rollers are always striving to push the boundaries of legal construction.ith rock-covered, tree-shrouded
That trend continues this month with the recent unauthorized construction of a swimming pool on top of a residential building in Zhaotong city, Yunnan province. Holding over 40 tons of water, the 1-meter-deep pool added an additional 40,000 kilograms of weight to the building, according to The Paper.
Somehow, the resident, surnamed Lan, managed to build this private pool and fill it up without local officials finding out. Pretty impressive.
However, concerned about the illegal body of water right above their heads, neighbors eventually did alert the authorities. The local urban management bureau has ordered Lan to dismantle the pool. It’s not clear what sort of additional punishment he will face.
According to an official, Lan said that he built himself a pool in order to stay in shape.
Although the DIY spirit here is certainly commendable, we should all be a bit careful when walking around the busy streets of China. You never know what might have been built above your head or under your feet.
[Images via The Paper]