Nail Houses- Changsha, Shenzhen, China.

15 Jun
above: high street chains loom over a gutsy nail house

above: high street chains loom over a gutsy nail house

above: at least the shop is unmissable to passers-by

above: at least the shop is unmissable to passers-by

above: ragged brickwork is a reminder of the demolition of previously connected buildings

above: ragged brickwork is a reminder of the demolition of previously connected buildings

This dilapidated shop/home sits continues to do business outside a sparkling, relatively modern-looking shopping centre in changsha city and the contrast between the two buildings is shocking. i don’t know much about this house but if you look at the first photo, there are a couple more old properties which also seem to have weathered the development storm. the photos themselves are from october 2007 so i’m unsure whether they held up for much longer and a search on google maps proved fruitless. read a translated article about the buildings here.

cai zhuxiang and zhang lianhao, shenzhen, china

 

 

 

above: ultimately an extremely expensive building sits alone in shenzhen
above: ultimately an extremely expensive building sits alone in shenzhen
In 2006, cai zhuxiang and zhang lianhao, proud and determined owners of this 7 storey building in luohu, shenzhen, were approached by local developers who were on a mission to convert the surrounding area into an extremely profitable financial centre. as you can see from the photos, the couple refused and their 10yr old building and the land beneath it became the focus of a bidding war. eventually developers made an offer they couldn’t refuse and in 2007 the couple gathered their belongings and moved on. although the final amount is unconfirmed, estimates point to compensation in the region of  between ¥10-20m (over us$1m). read more here.

fascinating stuff. there are plenty more of these properties to look at, a few of which are mentioned on boing boing here. you can also search for the word 钉子户 on google, or bing, (it means ‘nail house’) or just click here instead.

 

thanks to http://deputy-dog.com/2009/06/6-extraordinarily-stubborn-nail-houses.html

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