|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Friday, September 30, 2016
|China's latest rooftop building: a temple |
This picture taken on August 22, 2013 shows a member of the local authorities taking a picture of a temple built on top of a 21-storey apartment building in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province. The latest rooftop architectural wonder highlighted in China is a temple that brings worshippers closer to the heavens by being on top of a 21-storey apartment block. AFP PHOTO.
BEIJING (AFP).- The latest rooftop architectural wonder highlighted in China is a temple that brings worshippers closer to the heavens by being on top of a 21-storey apartment block.
Surrounded by foliage, the temple has glazed golden tiles and traditional upturned eaves with carvings of dragons and phoenixes, but defies convention by standing on top of the tower in Shenzhen, the Yangcheng Evening News reported.
The publicity surrounding the structure comes after a rooftop rock villa in Beijing sparked an outcry over the abuse of privilege and contempt for public safety by the country's rich, and authorities ruled houses on top of a shopping mall in Hunan could not be sold.
Tight security prevented public access to the rooftop temple, the paper said, with a fingerprint lock and cameras installed and dogs heard barking inside.
"The ashes of burned offerings often drop down," it quoted an unnamed neighbour as saying. "It's privately built and has been there for years."
A property agent near the compound said the top flat in the tower was worth 15 million yuan ($2.5 million) and all the building's residents were "either high-ranking officials or very rich people", the paper reported.
"The owner must have some good relationships," it quoted the agent as saying.
Authorities had failed to identify the facility's proprietor as investigators sent to the building had been unable to speak to its suspected owners, the report added.
"Such a rooftop construction is very unlikely to get approval," Liu Minxing, a local official in the boom town which neighbours Hong Kong, told the paper. "We can almost be sure that it is illegal."
Users of China's popular microblog services took a relatively light-hearted view of the temple, with at least one suggesting that it had some aesthetic merit.
"I thought rooftop temples only exist in cartoons, they're real too!" said another.
Illegal constructions have come under intense public scrutiny in China over the past weeks.
Demolition work has begun on the rooftop villa built among what looked like a pile of rocks dotted with trees on top of a 26-storey apartment tower in Beijing, after neighbours complained and a blaze of media reports scrutinised the owner's business activities.
© 1994-2013 Agence France-Presse
August 26, 2013
Banksy: World's most infamous graffiti artist goes from rebel to auction-house darling
From Jean Dubuffet and Irving Penn to Robert Ryman and Zhang Huan on view this September at Pace Gallery
Bob Dylan display at National Portrait Gallery...Artist's first museum showing in Great Britain
Exhibition offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to view 500 years of Italian painting
Ruhrtriennale: International Festival of the Arts opens in Bochum, Duisburg, and Essen
Keith Haring mural restoration project brings new vibrancy and colour to Australia
Sotheby's Hong Kong 40th Anniversary Evening Sale to be held on 5 October
Fotofever the contemporary photography art fair set to return to Brussels and Paris
Unravel the secrets of the Sikh turban at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry
Flo Maak opens second solo exhibition at Bernhard Knaus Fine Art in Frankfurt
Parkland aims to tell true story, never before told, of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated
Showtime: Tel Aviv Museum of Art announces series of performances at Helena Rubinstein Pavilion
Summer exhibitions at Burlington City Arts expand beyond gallery walls to Burlington's Moran Plant
China's latest rooftop building: a temple
Thousands in Washington mark 'I Have a Dream' speech
Leaders in education, government and business show their support for museum relocation and expansion
1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder leads all sales at Mecum in Monterey
Pacific Rim Park completes seventh park build, located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Art Stage Singapore announces new fair component for 2014
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Stone Age mummy Oetzi still revealing secrets, 25 years on
2.- Tunisian remains found by British researchers prove 100,000-year human presence
3.- Rembrandt's four earliest paintings reunited for the first time at the Ashmolean
4.- Baltimore Museum of Art is one of only two major U.S. museums to feature an installation by transgender artists
5.- Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old human skeleton at Mediterranean shipwreck
6.- Digitally unwrapped scroll reveals earliest Old Testament scripture
7.- Rich London residents angry over Tate Modern voyeurs
8.- V&A Museum chief quits to fight nationalism post-Brexit
9.- Exhibition in Turin celebrates the most important family of Flemish artists
10.- Pointillism is now the focus of a high-calibre exhibition at the Albertina in Vienna
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.