Concrete Water Pipes in Hong Kong as a Micro-Houses

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Architect James Law of James Law Cybertecture saw this housing crisis as a creative opportunity to design an affordable home. Thus was born the Opod Tube House, a repurposed concrete pipe that measures just over eight feet in diameter. The tubes are designed to accommodate one or two people and offer 1000 square feet of living space. The interiors come equipped with all necessary amenities, many with stacked functions, such as a living room bench that converts into a bed. There is also a mini-fridge, a bathroom with a shower, and lots of storage for clothes and other personal effects.

The tubes weigh 22 tons apiece, but they require little effort regarding installation and are easily stacked and secured to each other, reducing overall installation costs. The pods are meant to take advantage of awkward urban spaces that would otherwise be left empty.

“Sometimes there’s some land left over between buildings which are rather narrow, so it’s not easy to build a new building. We could put some OPods in there and utilize that land,” Law said in an interview.


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