The shortage of housing is a reality in several parts of the world, but the situation is more critical in local Hong Kong, where the rent of an average one-bedroom apartment in the center is around US $ 100! Thus, many people are forced to look for cheaper apartments on the black market, called the"cubicle coffin". But James Law Cybertecture , an architectural studio, is looking to change this through the development of micro-housing at affordable prices. The company has recently created a prototype of the OPOD Tube House , a concrete tube (do you know those shackles?) turned into a modular housing. Measuring almost 2.5 meters wide, each space is designed to house one or two people.
The Opod Tube House comes with the standard features of any apartment, including a folding bench that doubles as a bed, microwave space, refrigerator and a bathroom in the back. The large circular door, which can be opened and closed with a smartphone, also functions as a window to let natural light enter. The white painted interior gives a surprisingly spacious feel to the place.
Studio founder James Law says the micro-apartment is meant to attract"young people who can not afford private housing"and who are looking for a temporary place for a year or two. One of the most interesting features of the OPod Tube House is that, due to its size, it can fit almost anywhere, something fundamental for a high density city like Hong Kong. The compact structure can fit into spaces between buildings or even be stacked in empty lots. The ease of portability also means that they can be transported to different areas as needed. As they weigh 22 tons, installation costs are kept low due to the absence of brackets or screws needed to protect them.
The company claims that the OPOD Tube House can be built for just over US $ 1,000 and rented for about US a month, providing relief for renters in Hong Kong and other cities around the world.
And we thought the future of housing was in containers!
photos and more information: James Law Cybertecture