A bizarre rooftop villa covered with fake rocks, trees and bushes built on top of a 26-floor upscale Beijing residential building faces demolition after residents complained that it is unsafe, according to local media.
The rooftop structure was built by Professor Zhang Biqing, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine who owns a chain of acupuncture clinics, the South China Morning Post reported.
“I used to worry that the house might be too much but I never expected this much attention,” Zhang told The Beijing News. He also says that the building materials used were lightweight and unlikely to be dangerous.
Construction on the rooftop villa, which covers 1,000 square meters, began in 2007.
“We think it’s very unsafe. What if there were strong winds and rain and it collapsed? What would we do if our roofs collapsed too?” asked one resident who moved into a 26th floor apartment last year.
Residents have complained about leaks when it rains and cracks in their walls.
According to the Beijing News, an official order had been stuck to Zhang’s door on Monday giving him 15 days to demolish 800 square meters of the structure that have been deemed illegal. However, he can choose to appeal the decision.
Zhang has said that he would demolish the villa if requested to do so.