Egg-Shaped House on Wheels

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Elegant, simple, and most certainly green. This project still has a few kinks to work out — like how to keep from getting busted for parking on the sidewalk — but it’s beautiful nonetheless. Built by 24-year old Dai Haifei, an architecture graduate who couldn’t afford rent in Beijing.

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For two months he lived on the street next to his workplace in his solar-powered “egg house.” It has a bed, a nightstand, a small sink, and an electric blanket to keep warm.

“I feel good living here though it’s simple, and a bit cold sometimes, what important for me, is – it saves me a lot of money!” Dai told a reporter. He said that his parents were old, and they would have to work for two or three hundred more years in order to afford a house in Beijing. Without paying rent, he can sometimes go for a coffee and enjoy the “petty bourgeoisie life.” (via)

Dai documented the building project quite well on his flickr page but I will share a few more photos here. The frame is bamboo with sacks of grass seed attached to the outside. The water tank held about 3 days worth of water, and he would refill from his workplace.

In total he spent about three months building it with $964. He was “evicted” in mid-December and is reportedly living with friends.

Photo credit: Beijing Times

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Jesse 12/31/2010 at 1:23 pm

more proof that gubmints like to keep the homeless homeless (ok, so poor college students might not really qualify as homeless). but here:

Hillary 12/31/2010 at 3:37 pm

Thanks Jesse for the article. We have a long way to go to address homelessness in the US too. Did you see this?

careyann 01/19/2011 at 8:36 am

Love your blog and am fascinated with your lifestyle. I wish the egg guy had a blog so we can see how he is doing now. He is talented. Looking foward to reading more of your adventures.

Hillary 01/19/2011 at 9:54 am

Thanks Careyann! I’m curious too — if you find his blog let me know.

April 06/02/2011 at 2:20 pm

Found your blog via TinyHouseBlog’s facebook…. LOVE your site!! I added you to my feed reader, but I can see I am going to want to poke through the archives. Always looking for inspiration for our tiny house, well, the finishing of it.

Hillary 01/13/2012 at 8:46 pm

April, I only just now saw your blog photos — cute tiny house!

crystal 01/13/2012 at 5:15 pm

Tell him to go to kickstarter

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