Living in unused drainage pipes in Indian cities is a common sight. But can you imagine such a sight in developed cities like Hong Kong? A local architecture firm in Hong Kong has taken a leaf out of Indian ‘un-patented innovation’ and is using it as means to solve the accommodation problem of the city. Hong Kong based architect James Law who believes housing has become unaffordable in some capital cities, has designed the OPod Tube micro-home as a solution to this problem.
OPod Tube Housing is an experimental, low cost, micro living housing unit to ease Hong Kong’s affordable housing problems. Constructed out of low cost and readily available 2.5m diameter concrete water pipe, the design ultilizes the strong concrete structure to house a mirco-living apartment for one/two persons with fully kitted out living, cooking and bathroom spaces inside 100 sq.ft. Each OPod Tube Houses are equipped with smart phone locks for online access as well as space saving furniture that maximises the space inside. OPod Tube Houses can be stacked to become a low rise building and a modular community in a short time, and can also be located/relocated to different sites in the city.
The product is still at prototype stage and was recently showcased at a Hong Kong housing exhibition. The design is reminiscent of Australia’s Das Park Hotel, made of old sewerage pipes.