Cheap Housing? Beijing Man Builds Egg Home


Environmentalists might just approve of this cheap housing, a mobile egg-shaped home covered in bamboo and grass seed-filled burlap sacks. But will it catch on as a real living space?

Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old Beijing architect who developed the egg home, had been living in it on a sidewalk in the high-rent Chinese city for almost two months, until it was ordered removed by city managers who said it didn't conform to housing standards, according to the Beijing Review.
The 6-foot-high, solar-powered home is just big enough for a small bed and a tiny dresser. Pegs hanging on the wall can hold books and articles of clothing. Although there's no kitchen, a water pump system stored under the bed can keep
Find Local Homes for Sale
Browse through photos of millions of home listings on AOL Real Estate
water for basic washing for about three days. There doesn't seem to be signs of a toilet, but perhaps a pot works just fine.

"I want to have a home of my own, no need to be too big, as long as it shelters me from the sun and the rain," he said on his blog explaining the egg home. Haifei, has an internship at Standard Architecture, a company that was involved in an "egg of the city" design project about movable small homes for struggling groups of people in the city such as migrant workers, the college students and street vendors.

The home, which is starting to sprout grass, cost $969 in materials to build, and another $538 to transport to his company's compound.

Flickr has a slideshow of 141 pictures
showing the construction of the egg structure from beginning to end.




These AOL Real Estate guides can help, whether you're in the market to buy, rent or sell:

Reader Comments (1)

1 Comments / 1 Pages

 

Add Your Comments


Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry.Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.


To create a live link, simply type the URL(including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted - no need to use <p> or <br> tags.


Compare Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates by Zillow