Chinese build homes on roof of 5-story city center mall
Four houses were built on the rooftop of the Jiutian International Square, a shopping mall in Z...
Four houses were built on the rooftop of the Jiutian International Square, a shopping mall in Zhuzhou, Hunan province. Provided to China Daily.
The buildings, which have electricity and water pipes already installed, will be offices for the shopping mall developer's 160 real estate management employees, said Li Li from the Zhuzhou city planning bureau.
The bureau conducted an on-site investigation after media reports voiced concern over alleged safety hazards and the legal status of the four buildings.
The developer, Zhuzhou Jiutian Real Estate, used modern designs and landscape decorations to make the buildings look like villas, but never intended to sell them, Li said.
The construction of the shopping mall — including the rooftop buildings in the mall’s four corners — obtained authorities' approval, he said.
The Zhuzhou government has made steady investments to build a green city after it was named one of 34 national-level garden cities in 2008.