For the past six years, professor Zhang Lin has been moving rocks and rubble to construct his dream mountain home in the Renji Mountain area of Beijing, China. The catch? It's actually on the roof of a 26-story apartment building. And according to the South China Morning Post, the structure is completely illegal, as he never received the necessary planning permission for this extreme dwelling.
Not only that, his "downstairs" neighbors are fearing the worst as they endure cracks, leaks, flooding and noise during the construction and reportedly call him a "menace," according the the Daily Mail. When he purchased the over-10,000-square-foot penthouse he was cleared to build a two-level villa, but no one expected the monstrosity with fake rocky terrain, series of walkways and garden trellises. Closeup photos reveal what appear to be steel beams applied to the side of the building for extra support.
Lin may be forced to tear down the home because of safety concerns, but (ironically) the deconstruction of the villa will also have to go through clearances.
UPDATE: According to China.org.cn, Zhang, who reportedly was a former political advisor, has been asked by the Beijing construction authority to either tear down the illegal building or provide proper documentation within 15 days from Monday, August 12. Because of safety concerns, this is considered a compulsory demolition filed with the Haidian government.
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