This video by Quartz sheds some light on an alternative housing idea that seeks to turn concrete water pipes into temporary apartments. The idea is the brainchild of Hong Kong based James Law Cybertecture and is dubbed OPod Tube Housing. It is intended to help ease the housing shortage in one of the most expensive cities on Earth.
According to the firm’s website,
OPod Tube Housing is an experimental, low cost, micro living housing unit to ease Hong Kong’s affordable housing problems. Constructed out of low cost and readily available 2.5m diameter concrete water pipe, the design ultilizes the strong concrete structure to house a mirco-living apartment for one/two persons with fully kitted out living, cooking and bathroom spaces inside 100 sq.ft.
Each OPod Tube Houses are equipped with smart phone locks for online access as well as space saving furniture that maximises the space inside. OPod Tube Houses can be stacked to become a low rise building and a modular community in a short time, and can also be located/relocated to different sites in the city.
Images and renderings courtesy James Law Cybertecture