IN a densely populated city, land can be an elusive commodity but that was no such hurdle for the residents of these extraordinary villas.

While there may not have been any suitable square footage at ground level, they have instead built their homes on the roof of a shopping centre.

Located in the city of Zhuzhou in central China’s Hunan Province, the Jiutian International Plaza is home to one of most famous wholesale markets for shoes in the region.

The four homes are so well hidden on the eight-storey complex that many of the locals have failed to notice them, it was reported on

Zhuzhou is the second-largest city in Hunan Province and is key industrial centre, specialising in metallurgy, machine manufacture, chemicals and building materials. It has a population of nearly 4million, of whom more than 800,000 live in the four central urban districts.                                            –MO