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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chinese Student Lives In Tiny Green Egg House

by Lloyd Alter
tiny house china egg minihome photo
Images credit Zhao Kang

Rents in Beijing are high, so designer Daihai Fei built himself a wonderful little green home that may well become a new icon for the Tiny House Movement.
Tipster Spooky writes:

Daihai Fei built his amazing egg-house on a bamboo frame, covered with various insulating materials, and topped with a layer of stitched bag. The bags themselves are filled with sawdust and grass seeds, which he sprays with water regularly, to help the grass grow faster. Inspired by the grass-covered roofs of Norway, he knows the grass will over greater protection for his home. On the inside, he has all the necessary facilities, including a bed, a small sink, a lamp powered by a small solar panel and even a tiny bookshelf.
tiny house china egg minihome photo
It looks quite comfy, and it is parked right across the street from where he works so that he saves on time and transit. (That is another virtue we preach about mobile living)
tiny house china egg minihome photo
I am not certain what keeps the water out; burlap bags do not exactly work like shingles. He also appears to use public facilities rather than having any in the egg.
tiny house china egg minihome photo
The solar panel is nicely integrated into the roof. Daihai Fei built the whole thing for only 6,400 yuan ($960).
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