This "house"...thing...is in Longtan, right on the main highway through town (not downtown). Apparently the following things are true:
1.) It was built by the mayor's brother
2.) The mayor's brother is a bit of a weird guy (really, ya think?)
3.) The mayor's brother designed it himself and - apparently, though maybe there was a language-based miscommunication here - built it, too, as he owns a construction or contractng firm. He designed it this way because he liked it.
4.) People still live on the ground floor (it sure seemed that way)
6.) The inside is really quite luxurious, in a "太over啦!", European chintz way
7.) You can go inside if you want, and there's even a restaurant (I have a really hard time believing this)
8.) Everyone in Longtan knows it (this has to be true - you can't NOT notice a monstrosity such as this)
10.) It was apparently built with the mayor's brother's own funds, not taxpayer dollars
I don't know how much of the above is true and how much is dodgy info from locals, but there you have it.
The Longtan Weird House.
When I showed Joseph and Brendan while we were in town for Dragon Boat (I knew it because I go to Longtan for work fairly often - I teach a seminar at the Acer facility out there on occasion) I said before we got there "it's a really odd building. It won't change your life or anything, but it's really, really strange."
Brendan: "You lied to me! You said this building wouldn't change my life, but it did! LOOK AT THAT THING. I mean...WTF? Seriously?"