egg shaped mobile home egg shaped mobile home
dec 14, 2010

egg shaped mobile home

egg shaped mobile home by dai haifei in beijing, china read more at switched images courtesy of STR, AFP/getty images

undoubtedly one of the most interesting project getting featured on the world wide web, the egg-shaped mobile home by twenty-four year old dai haifei is a response to beijing’s soaring rental prices. haifie, a recent architecture school graduate, has designed and lived in this temporary unit for the last two months.

solar panel attached to exterior read more at usatoday images courtesy of STR, AFP/getty images

the ‘egg’, measuring six feet in height sits on two wheels and is constructed from basket woven bamboo splints. the exterior features a patchwork of small sacks containing seeds of grass that will grow to eventually provide insulation. a south facing solar panel ‘provides’ power to a single lamp on the inside. during the day, natural daylight enters through an opening in the ceiling. the entrance can be propped open to facilitate natural ventilation.

detail of sack skin read more at netease image courtesy netease

night view read more at chinadaily image courtesy of beijng times

given the small size and simple shape, the layout is minimal: a half circumference bed and low, built in storage line the perimeter, making the space efficient for bare living.

interior view image courtesy dai haifei

moving the mobile unit image courtesy dai haifei

skeleton image courtesy dai haifei

building the opening on the ceiling image courtesy dai haifei

weaving construction image courtesy dai haifei

translation: ‘if you don’t pay your rent, I am throwing all your stuff out on the street!!!’ drawing courtesy dai haifei

wire frame model drawing courtesy dai haifei

(left) plan (right) section drawing courtesy dai haifei

(left) hinging bed (right) wall component

via chinadaily

  • Very well made!

    Li Rui says:
  • …back to cave dwellings – wonderful idea but where do the two kids and wife go, the 42″ TFT, the Poggenpohl Kitchen and my collection of Samuri swords?

    P.S. I love it!

    Dr. Design says:
  • superb; absolutely the best thing i’ve seen since the last..

    nicey says:
  • Very good,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:)

    cindy stowe says:
  • Splendid idea

    Bent-Erik Munch says:
  • That’s really great and all, but I like to bathe on premises.

    t says:
  • Excellent. I can see them scattered around our fair cities parklands housing the homeless and the poor.
    They will fit in well with the vegetation of parks with their camouflaged moss grown outer skin. Secure night time enclosures, easily hidden and cheap to produce. If you could get government or councils to subsidise all the construction materials and make it a requirement that individuals build their own, we could have a solution to some of our biggest cities problems. Well done.

    silicon m says:
  • love it!!! but doubt it can stand -10 right now

    tracy says:
  • I don’t have any words to appreciate this post…..I am really impressed ….the person who created this post
    surely knew the subject well. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    alex says:
  • looks great! but as tracy said as it’s -12 outside, I don’t want to be in that cute little igloo without the creature comforts!

    baobabs says:
  • ideal for Burning Man 2011!!

    lanvy-nyc says:
  • SUPER COOL!!!!! i hope designers should do more ECO friendly design!!! welldone!!!

    yomomo says:
  • wau!

    Josef says:
  • love it So Cool…. and fantastic

    bunchong46 says:
  • hummanistic……………….


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