After years of contemplating expansion options in Beijing, a unique site in a most fantastic area (by our standards) became available. Construction began in May 2014, with an opening scheduled for early 2015. This is an active construction site at the moment, so pictures and commentary will go up in a fairly delayed fashion..  But please stay tuned, and feel free to email us any questions or comments along the way.

Mr. Wood

This is an exciting part, the stairs are all starting to get installed now. They are all being made by hand out of wood — by one person. He doesn’t really speak mandarin, and works on his own ultra-slow schedule, but the stairs should be pretty good in the end.


His main tool


The entrance, partially fitted with the new stairs

Metal work

Just in time, the metal is all in place ready and waiting for some of the stairs that are being finished up as we eat lunch.

Toilets

Not terribly exciting, but here are shots of the plumbing being installed directing waste into the well.

A glass dining room

It’s been decided– Rather than cover the entire roof with concrete slabs, as assumed earlier, 1/4 of the surface will be turned into glass! And here’s a series of photos showing the entire process:


Getting the wind engineer to inspect the work to be done.


Building the glass frame


Passing the glass up onto the roof – no problem


It’s only 9+12+9 glass.



Viewing into the dining room


Looking towards the view of the trees above. This should make for a pleasant dining room

Digging a hole

Time to build a well. Not quite the fun kind for getting drinking water or simply falling into. But watching our worker disappear into a 2m deep pit is something special. Along the way he discovered plenty of broken porcelain cups as well.