Chinese Block Of Flats Demolished From The Top Down Just Months After Completion (Pictures)
Back in January this year, an apartment block was opened in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province. Boasting ocean views and 18 floors of luxury flats, prices were £500 a square metre as far back as 2009.
The thing is, it was designed to be just 11 floors high. And it was built on reclaimed land, incapable of supporting large buildings as such this one.
The result? One new resident leaving after just 17 hours, and now, 11 months later, developers dismantaling the whole building from the top down in an attempt to eventually reconstruct the building.
"I bought the unit on the 16th floor because of the beautiful ocean view. It's such a pity I can't live in it," the homeowner in question, Mr Zhan, told China Daily. "I heard loud banging sounds like an explosion. It was really scary. And then we were told that a pillar in the foundation had cracked."
With such unreliable foundations, it's little wonder that the developers have decided to demolish the building piece by piece instead of blowing it all to kingdom come.
A shame, really, as after last month's awe-inspiring destruction of the infamous "Heroin Heights" we're keen to see more shoddy tower blocks go boom. They'll always be these cooling towers, at least...