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Old 01-28-2018, 01:54 PM   #1
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Forget Tiny Houses, here come Micro Houses

As in a little tiny place to sleep in. The future of overpopulation. Giant storm sewer pipes.

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Housing shortages are a reality in many parts of the world, but nowhere more so than Hong Kong, where the average one-bedroom apartment downtown rents for $2,100 and many people are forced into cheap black market apartments called coffin cubicles. But James Law Cybertecture, a Hong Kong-based studio, is looking to change that through the development of affordable micro-housing. The firm recently built a prototype of the OPod Tube House, a concrete water pipe transformed into modular housing. Measuring a little over 8 feet wide, each 100-square-foot space is designed to house one or two people. "

https://mymodernmet.com/opod-housing...ro-apartments/
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:12 PM   #2
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Our RV is 167 sq ft and with 2 people and 3 dogs after a month I want to kill someone) I would move somewhere cheaper before I would live in one of these.
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:26 PM   #3
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Stole the idea from Cannery Row....
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And they are just crying out for a built in home gym
https://www.google.com/search?q=hams...w_83YKUQM3wiM:
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And they are just crying out for a built in home gym
https://www.google.com/search?q=hams...w_83YKUQM3wiM:
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Old 01-28-2018, 04:02 PM   #6
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While it's an interesting concept - practical concerns aren't really addressed... They show them stacked in several of the renderings... but only in one shot in the video do they bother to show stairs to get to the ones that aren't on ground level. And the weight of them makes it impractical to move them around (as temporary housing)... but that is spun as a "feature" because they're heavy enough they don't need to be anchored down. LOL.
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Sort of reminds me of the apartments depicted in "The Fifth Element" movie.
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Our RV is 167 sq ft and with 2 people and 3 dogs after a month I want to kill someone) I would move somewhere cheaper before I would live in one of these.
Just curious who would be the first to go, DH or one of the dogs?��
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Tom, definitely not the dogs)
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:23 PM   #10
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Detroit is putting together a tiny house program for people who can't afford a larger home. I have only read about it but do not know how it works or if people like it. A similar program was introduced in S. Africa where I knew a couple of buyers who were pleased to own their own place,even if it was small. https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/5/24...detroit-photos
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I am a little claustrophobic and would be miserable.
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Years ago I visited a family in Hong Kong with two children. They rented a 3 high double wide bunk bed in a room with four other similar bunk beds with privacy curtains. They shared a kitchen and bathroom. If those micro houses would have been available they would be interested.
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To look at this from another angle $1,000,000 in the center of Hong Kong gets one very little for housing for that amount. We are talking about 400 Sq. ft. ,maybe two bedrooms with a mediocre bathroom and kitchen. Sure brings everything into better focus. It's very , very expensive in Hong Kong.
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These Tube Houses are a vast, repeat, vast improvement over what some Hong Kongese live in now: a cage. Yes, a cage.


I learned about this recently, and posted about it. Search the Web and youtube with the following keywords "Hong Kong cage dwellers" to learn more about it.





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Submarine duty is usually 3 to 6 months and hot bunking. But there is no rent and the food is good.
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Those guys are skinny and smoking. What more could you want?

Gotta be tough to get a woman in there eh? Maybe they share and split the cost?
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These seem to be a waste of space.... making them a cube would give more living space with the same area the houses take...

They do make square sewer pipe... but I think they could make it cheaper on site...

BTW, when I was in London I read about someone paying 85K pounds for an 86 sq ft. apt... the location was excellent...


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In London, 225,000 pounds (US$319K) will get you a 125-sq.ft. studio that used to be a broom closet.

See: This tiny £225,000 London flat used to be a cleaning cupboard - Business Insider.
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Seems like a pretty stupid idea, compared to using shipping containers which are already built to stack and are nearly free, don't weigh as much, and won't roll all over during an earthquake.
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In London, 225,000 pounds (US$319K) will get you a 125-sq.ft. studio that used to be a broom closet.

See: This tiny £225,000 London flat used to be a cleaning cupboard - Business Insider.
If you notice, it was sold for 120,000 back in 2007... the one I read about was back in 2000... so who know what it would sell for today...

I noticed that Chelsea was considered the most expensive.... that is where my company put me when I was working there...
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