Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

In China, a "nail house" is a home whose resident refuses to leave in order to make way for new construction. Builders have to elaborately construct around it, often leaving behind an eyesore so awesome that it's almost a sculpture. Here are some of the most famous examples of nail houses.

On a construction site of a shopping mall, Chongqing, China, 2007

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via AP Photo/EyePress)

Liede Village, China, 2007

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via Amusing Planet)

Shanghai, 2007

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via Triple Five Shanghai, Drew Bates and BJHouse.163.com)

A partially demolished and isolated building in Kunming, 2010

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the world

(via Ogle Earth)

Nail tomb on a construction site in Longbao village, Taiyuan, December 2010

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via Hugchina)

Yongji, December 2010

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(via China Daily)

Taizhou, China, 2012

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the world

(via Metro)

In the middle of a new highway, Wenling, China, 2012

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(via AP Photo)

A house on a small parcel in the middle of some high-rise tower blocks, cut off from water and electricity for four years, in Zaozhuang, China, 2009-2013

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the world

(via Daily Mail)

The last house at a construction site in Gongqin village, Yichang City, China, April 2013

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the world

(via China Daily)

The demolished 900-year-old Yangji Village with only few remaining isolated nail houses, Guangzhou, China, 2013

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(via China Daily)

A farmer's house locked between three major highways. They've lived here for five years.

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via Sina)

Chongqing, China

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via Fengniao)

Changsha, China

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via Virtual Fun Zone and Skyscrapercity)

A house near the Shenzhen North Railway Station, Shenzhen

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via Skyscrapercity)

Bonus: Living under a bridge, Zürich-Brunau, Switzerland, 2007

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the world

(via Dominik/Dom Dada)

Double Bonus: Edith Macefield's house in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via Markus Kolb, Henry Gales and Wikimapia)

Triple Bonus: The house of Austin Spriggs, Washington D.C, 2006

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

A developer offered some money ($3 million in 2008!) for the house, even though it's only worth $200,000. The owner said no, took out a loan, and converted his home to a pizzeria.

Unbelievable “nail houses” around the worldS

(via The City Fix and Architecture And Design)