Hong Kong Architects Design Houses Made From Water Tubes

Hong Kong has been the most expensive city in the world to buy a house in for the last seven years, so architects like James Law have gone small with their designs, creating micro-homes to maximize land use.

But James' micro-homes aren't like the tiny houses that were all the rage a few years back, because he uses concrete water pipes to make his cylindrical homes.

His architecture firm James Law Cybertecture has created this prototype of the OPod "tube home", which measures 8.2 feet in diameter, has 100 square feet of interior space and costs $15k, which is cheap when you consider a 600-square-foot unit in Hong Kong can cost $1.8 million.

But the ultimate selling point of the OPod tube homes is the fact that they can be moved easily and stacked on top of each other, so they can be set up where needed:

Law sees his tube homes as one temporary solution to Hong Kong's housing shortage. The pods could stack in unused urban space like shipyards, between buildings or even under highways. Since the pipes weigh nearly 22 tons, they don't need bolts to stay together when stacked.

-Via Business Insider

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Air conditioning made high density possible. Now we need a revolution in designing for sound isolation to make it tolerable.
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What's the cost of custom furniture to fit into a round tube? The gaps between the cylinders seem like a great place for birds to nest. In a rectangular room, more of that space would be available to the humans. That wall of air conditioners next door make me wonder about the cooling costs when all walls are exterior walls.
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