Illegal Beijing Egg House Solar Powered

It’s a tale by turns inspiring, sad and strange. When Dai Haifei, 24, an emigrant from China’s countryside to Beijing, graduated from college and went to work in an architecture design company, he found that despite his salary, Beijing’s high rents put most residences out of his reach. So he drew inspiration from an architectural design he’d seen and created a unique residence of his own, the Egg House.

Built for just $950 U.S. dollars, the Egg House is constructed of bamboo bars, bags of grass seeds and sawdust. It features a water tank with enough water to last three days, a bed and a nightstand. A solar panel on the roof supplies electric power, and wheels at the bottom make it mobile. Unfortunately, it lacks any form of heat, which often makes it a chilly (if lovely) place to reside.

Egg House China

image via Xin Hau Net

Haifei’s unusual residence, parked beside his office building, has recently gained media attention, much to his chragrin, as a city administrative authority has made a statement that, according to city regulations on urban residence administration, this “egg cabin” is illegal. Will Heifei be allowed to continue living in this innovative, tiny home? The outcome, at this point, is unknown.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.