There have been a number of unusual housing ideas over the years and the OPod Tube House, by James Law Cybertecture makes the list. It is a micro house made from concrete water piping that measures just 2.5 meters in diameter. It has an apartment-style layout in its snug interior which is suitable for one or two people.
The OPod Tube House was designed keeping in mind the Hong Kong’s housing shortage. A glazed door provides access to the house and it comprises a total floor space of just 100 square feet. The living area consisted of a sofa bed, shelving and some storage space. Another section of a concrete pipe is connected to the rear to provide a kitchenette and small bathroom with a shower and a toilet.
James Law Cyberstructure envisions the Tube House being installed in areas unsuitable for standard construction. These include narrow alleyways between buildings. A number of units can be stacked on top of each other with a simple metal staircase providing access to all.
According to a report by South China Morning Post, each OPod will cost almost $15,000 excluding the cost of land. These will not serve as permanent residences for people but just a temporary place to stay while they await longterm accommodation.