Nail House” (钉子户) is a relatively new term in China. It refers to a standalone house in the middle of a demolition ground due to disagreement with compensation terms. The house sticks out like a nail. People started to realize that you don’t have to move if you are not happy with the compensation after a woman in Chongqing put on a fight to guard her property and became famous with her Nail House.
Wu Ping – China
Edith Macefield – Seattle, USA
Edith Macefield, seattle, u.s.a. After Edith Macefield, 86, refused $1 million to move from her Ballard home, construction crews simply began building a five-story development project around her home.
Austin L. Spriggs – Massachusetts, USA
Austin L. Spriggs declined repeatedly to sell his aging rowhouse on Massachusetts Avenue NW. Mr Spriggs was offered more than $3m for the property in 2008 even though the property was previously only worth an estimated $200k
Unknown – China
High street chains loom over a gutsy nail house. Ragged brickwork is a reminder of the demolition of previously connected buildings
Xai Zhuxiang and Zhang Lianhao – China
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. 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