A 24-year-old architect in China has received a lot of media attention for his off-the-grid and completely rent free home. And no, he doesn’t live in a yurt in the middle of the woods. Dai Haifei lives and works in Beijing China, one of the most densely populated cities in the world. His innovative design comes in the form of a mobile egg-shaped home which relies on solar power for energy.
The entire structure only stands about 6 feet tall and is compact enough to fit on most city sidewalks. It would seem natural to compare this homemade home to a decked-out cardboard box, but Haifei has certainly put time and thought into his creation. The main frame is made from bamboo strips, wood chippings, and sack bags. A lamp inside the mobile pod is charged by a solar panel installed on the roof. A layer of grass seed adorns the roof and should form a green, insulating cover once the warmer spring weather arrives. “The seeds will grow in the natural environment and it’s cold-proof,” Dai told China Daily. He then added that it’s “a bit cold sometimes.”
Living on the street will have its downsides and no central heating is certainly the first thing to go. All the same, Haifei deserves some applause for taking the fight against high rents in a completely different (and sometimes drafty) direction.