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Friday August 16 2013

I have, very belatedly, made Roof clutter a new category, and now face lots of backtracking to do justice to that innovation.  So far you only get a few entries if you click on that.  But it’s a start.

And, as a devotee of roof clutter, I can’t ignore this:

A Chinese man who built a rock-covered roof-top villa on top of a high-rise building has told the BBC he will comply with an order to demolish it.

The villa, surrounded by fake rocks but real trees and bushes, sits on top of a 26-storey building in Beijing.

State-run China Daily says it was built without the proper permissions.

Ooh dear.  Can’t do anything without the proper permissions.

Here’s what it looks like.  Let us celebrate it while it lasts, and never allow it to be forgotten:

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I am actually a tiny bit angry with this Chinese man, because I fear that by drawing attention to the top of his particular building, he may have provoked control freak bureaucrats everywhere to take an interest in the tops of buildings, with a view to putting a stop to All That Sort of Thing, which until now they have largely neglected to do.  The Golden Age of Roof Clutter is not about to end immediately.  But might this perhaps be the beginning of its end?

A good video view of this Chinese man’s castle in the air can be seen at Shanghaist, here.  Also at Shanghaist, a picture of another posh house on a tower roof, rather more discreetly done.

And as an addition (one of the joys of blogging is that you google your subject and find more great stuff) feast your eyes on this:

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Presumably, for that, they did get the necessary permissions.  It has that look about it, doesn’t it?

I now learn that the Daily Mail got there first.  They also supplied the top picture above, which they featured in this report.

I wouldn’t want to endorse that rooftop faux-mountain thing without knowing what impact it had on the other people in the building. Did the weight of it cause any structural problems? Were there any problems with noise during construction, or with the water supply to the trees and bushes leaking into properties below?

It’s true that there are standards of conduct other than compliance with official ordinances, but someone who is negligent about the latter might have an equal lack of regard for the former. We need more information to decide who is in the right in this case. It might be someone who is just trying to be creative, or it might turn out to be some jerk who is inflicting misery on his neighbours and bribing local officials to look the other way.

Posted by Andrew Zalotocky on 17 August 2013

Those houses on top of that building are pretty cool!

Posted by Peter Stokes on 17 August 2013
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