While other graduates were looking for jobs or preparing for graduate school, a young man in China was planning and implementing his entrepreneurial dreams step by step. The first step he took was building a small office made from 40 layers of beer bottles, 8,500 bottles in all.
Six months ago, the location of the beer bottle office was still an abandoned kiln. Shortly before the Chinese New Year, Li Rongjun and his father started construction on the beer bottle office, which had been laughed at by the local villagers for quite a while.
They said it was the crazy idea of a nerd kid.
After the office was finished, however, people from nearby villages and towns kept visiting the office in an endless stream. The whole office looks like a small round fort from outside. But the interior wall made up of thousands of beer bottles gives the office a special green charm.
“When you turn on the light at night, the whole office glows with an emerald color that lights up the road,” neighbor Li Yan told reporters.
The beer bottle office covers about 300 square feet. It consists of two stories, each nine feet high. The lower level was built with mud-brick materials, and the upper was glass bottles.
Li Rongjun was quite strict when it came to the craftsmanship of his building. “He would rebuild once he found the original layer of bottles was not flat enough,” Li’s father told reporters.
Li said he wanted to build the office with an artistic style and practical functions, according to Tencent News. This is only a sample of the creative designs in his mind. As a graduate who majored in construction, Li dreams of establishing his own studio and building more cozy and creative houses.
When asked about the cost of the house, Li said it was $5,000. However, his father, who was in charge of the accounting, told the reporter it was actually more than $11,000. He didn’t tell the true amount to his son, because he he did not want to increase the psychological burden on him. The father explained: “This is his first architectural work. I want to fully support him.”