Man Must Tear Down Beijing's Wildest Illegal Structure
It sits atop 26-story building
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2013 7:02 AM CDT
This Aug. 12, 2013 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency shows a residential building with a rocky style villa on its roof, in Haidian District of Beijing, China.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Luo Xiaoguang)

(Newser) – Most people would be content to occupy the penthouse apartment atop a 26-story building in Beijing. Not, apparently, a man identified as Zhang Biqing. The South China Morning Post reports that the "eccentric resident"—a "medicine mogul" who owns a chain of acupuncture clinics—has spent the last six years constructing an illegal structure above his top-floor apartment, and it's a bizarre one. The Post describes it as equal to the height of a two-story structure and the width and depth of the entire building (and then some), an 8,600-square-foot mansion complete with rooms, trees, grass, and bushes. Now, he's been given 15 days to take it all down.

This after photos of the "villa" were splashed across Chinese media yesterday, emblazoned with the headline, "Beijing's most outrageous illegal structure." (Zhang, for his part, calls it "just an ornamental garden," reports the AP.) Residents for years have complained—about construction noise, leaks, and potential structural damage to the building as a whole. The story gets weirder from there, at least according to local papers, which say Zhang has beat up a 77-year-old man "several times" after he complained about it.

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Aug 13, 2013 1:43 PM CDT
At least its green. Very little heat emission like you get on most commercial roofs. This is not uncommon in China. Lower party officials will issue permits having not reported to the central party where permit fees must be submitted. Once upper central party officials find out about the building and can't find any evidence of paying the central party fee, they must demolish the full building. The same thing happened a few years ago in the industrial city of Shenzhen. That is Walmart gets most of its loss-leader products and all that crap you buy on Black Friday. A developer put up 10, 40-story apartment buildings without a central party permit. When they found out about it, not only were they pissed enough to tear them down, they were so close to each other, your balcony was only inches from the other building's balcony. You could literally hand a gallon of yak milk to your neighbor from balcony to balcony. Well, the party ordered demolition and all ten condos came down in one single demo event.
Aug 13, 2013 10:24 AM CDT
I like the idea of a roof top villa. All the trees, and bushes help to cool off the building in the summer time. Big cities like New York and Chicago, are starting to make green spots. They are starting to put in more roof top gardens on tall building to cool them off. I hope they don't tear down.
Aug 13, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD .... Maybe in the summer it looks good .. but in the winter, it'd look gray and dull. Skyscrapers in the US have green-space gardens and pools on them .. but this is ridiculous........ REALLY