Chinese businessman tried to hide extension

Two storey works 'hidden' by trees and plants

NEWS, Projects, Extension

A Chinese businessman tried to hide a two storey extension by covering the structure with trees and plants.

The man, who has not been named, already had a roof garden on his 18th floor apartment in Guangzhou.

However, the garden flourished after he illegally added a further two storeys.

The crazy scheme was uncovered when a resident complained to local media about the potential damage caused by the increased vegetation.

And journalists confirmed the building should have only been 18 storeys and had somehow acquired an extra two storeys that were not officially registered.

The businessman had purchased the penthouse which covered the entire 18th floor several years ago and people had been surprised when he had put huge trees and thick bushes on the roof.

Later he had added camouflage nets that were filled with plastic plant foliage.

But under the cover of the mass of greenery, the man had slowly started to build an extension, incredibly hiding it from most of those in the block of flats by saying he was doing renovations on the 18th floor.

However, the renovations were, in fact, extending the 18th floor to include a 19th and 20th floor.

The local council has so far not commented although building experts interviewed by local media said that the extra illegal building work could well adversely affect the entire structure and added that it would need to be carefully tested to check there was not permanent damage, and then probably removed. 

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