China Says Goodbye To Its Mysterious, Illegal High-Rise Fortress

The luxurious "mountain villa" built atop a Beijing high-rise is being torn down. The $4 million penthouse was built by a Chinese health care entrepreneur named Zhang Lin on the roof of an existing apartment building earlier this year, much to the chagrin of its party-pooper occupants.

To build his totally unregulated shangri-la, Lin’s construction team had installed extra steel beams along the facade of the existing building—theoretically offsetting the extra weight. But tenants below complained of burst pipes and cracked walls, and back in August, officials demanded that Lin demolish the structure. “Now I realize it was a huge mistake,” a forlorn Lin told the New York Times.

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A mistake, maybe, but a glorious one. [The People's Daily via Curbed]

Images by The People's Daily.

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