concrete pipes offer space for microhome tube housing of the future

concrete pipes offer space for microhome tube housing of the future

eight foot concrete tubes could be the future of housing, at least that’s the solution to the fast growing population offered by hong-kong architectural studio james law cybertecture. its microhomes – known as opods – repurpose water pipes into small habitable spaces with no more than 100 square feet of living space, a sort of tube housing that could be the answer to housing crisis’ in cities across the world.

james law cybertecture opod tube housing crisis microhome
all images courtesy of james law cybertecture



james law cybertecture designed the build as a possible solution to the lack of both space and affordable housing in hong kong. the tubes are designed to accommodate one or two people, including a living room with a bench that converts into a bed, a mini-fridge, a bathroom, a shower and storage space for clothes and personal items. whilst extremely heavy, perhaps the main USP is that they require little in terms of installation and can be easily secured to one another, reducing installation costs and offering an efficient way to constructing new builds.

james law cybertecture opod tube housing crisis microhome



the studio imagines this type of housing might be installed in areas such as narrow alleyways between buildings, but also dedicated sites where multiple units could be stacked atop each other, with simple metal stairways providing access. whilst still in the prototype stage, it has been reported that if plans come to fruition, each opod could cost around $15,000 (€12,250 or £10,885).

james law cybertecture opod tube housing crisis microhome



law’s first experiment with microhome concepts to ease hong kong’s housing crisis was the 2015 aipod. this container-sized mobile pod house promoted flexible living with a working space, bathroom and kitchen. made from aluminium, it was lightweight and designed for stacking up into high rise building.

james law cybertecture opod tube housing crisis microhome


james law cybertecture opod tube housing crisis microhome


james law cybertecture opod tube housing crisis microhome


james law cybertecture opod tube housing crisis microhome


james law cybertecture opod tube housing crisis microhome

  • COOL

    DARREN says:
  • i have always wanted the privilege of living under an overpass where do i sign up for this dystopia it sounds awesome

    dm says:
  • With plenty of space for wildlife between the tubes!

    TNS says:
  • on the other side, the hyper-urbanized vistas of Hong Kong´s cityscape do not offer much space for any biotope, except of the humane ants anyway, so it might be a locally validated answer for low-income housing… the scale — extent of utilization is the key factor, whether we see now an ameliorative design or a mere gimmick…

    Ladislav Kubo says:
  • Every problem has a solution even if it is not known yet. Thank you for meeting the needs of young people in big cities like Hong Kong, Dubai, Vancouver etc..

    Carl Cubilla says:
  • Could be a classic solution to the daily migrant workers and mobile population for bigger cities …

    jaiprakash ahlawat says:

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