Egg Pod Layed on Beijing Street

December 17, 2010 by

When Beijing’s sky-high rental prices made it impossible for him to find a place he could afford, recently graduated architect, Dai Haifei, 24, hatched the idea of making his own mobile egg-style shelter. At a cost of 6,427 yuan ($964), the eco-friendly two-meter high house sits on two wheels, so he can change neighborhoods too when he feels so inspired. The pod is constructed with sack bags on the outside wall, bamboo splints on the inside, with a mixture wood chippings and grass seeds serving as insulation. “The seeds will grow in the natural environment and it’s cold-proof,” explained Dai.

Inspired by project called “City’s Egg” at the 2010 Shanghai Biennale Exhibition, said Dai, “I was impressed by the green-notion of building a house like that, especially in cities like Beijing where rental price for a fresh graduate is a huge burden.”

A solar panel provides energy for the few electrical items inside, and the hatch above gives Dai a bit of fresh air without having to crack open the whole egg.

Photos: Beijing Times

via Archinet and ChinaDaily


  1. patrick said:

    That’s awesome. Where do I order one of these?

    — December 18, 2010 @ 23:04

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