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NEVER TOO SMALL ep.19 15sqm OPod – Experimental Micro Living Housing

so one of the biggest problems about
living in a city like Hong Kong is that this is now getting very very expensive
and I happen to see couple of these concrete water pipes on the construction
site and I walked inside and I found that surprisingly they were quite
interesting to occupy OPod is an experimental low-cost housing
architectural design which is using concrete water pipe to create a house
which is about 15 square meters so that people can live in an affordable level
concrete water pipe is actually quite good for housing it is some kind of a
material that we are used to good insulation properties it is very
inexpensive so OPod itself is a long-term housing solution but this is
designed to be transient so what we do is we locate these OPods on spare
pieces of land to create fast housing for people and then once the land is no
longer available we move this housing to another piece of land and make it
available for other people to live so the OPod you see here is a prototype and
it is about 15 square meters inside it is about two and a half meters wide and
two and a half meters tall OPod’s design is based on a simple approach of
using simple materials to get the best out of the space now all of these
furnitures be made out of recycled material from my construction site in
this living area it is organized around this sofa bed which is able to be folded
out into a bed but then closed off into a sofa with some storage below
and then a series of customized shelving and plugs for people to put their own
possessions here so the shelving system is a clever reuse of our scaffolding
from site the main support is actually made out of cut scaffolding tubes which
have been sprayed black and then basically these shelves themselves had leftover
timber panels which we were again sprayed yellow we’ve got a recyclable
bamboo floor board system which creates a flat area of the flat the lighting’s
also very simple here but also very effective what we do is we’ve just taken
some fluorescent tubes and we use it to bounce the light from the ceiling of
the OPod to create a kind of wider more spacial effect otherwise we just have
some LED lighting under the shelves to accent the things which are placed on
display the kitchen is actually a very very small space towards the back of the
OPod it is just made out of a basin a fridge and a microwave as a kind of
story behind the OPod it was very much designed for young people and we think
that young people don’t cook very much these days they just reheat so the
bathroom the OPod is right at the back of the unit and basically it’s a
child a room which has a toilet and a shower in the same space we encourage
people to open the windows here at the front to open the door and at the back
of the OPod there’s also a very big large openable window you could have
nice air coming through the OPod through the front and the back and really
maximize on any cross ventilation the whole OPod comes in at about 150,000HKD now this is about one-fifth the cost it takes to build a
conventional apartment of the same size here in Hong Kong I think in the future
we must experiment more with the materials that we build
and I think as architects we must become more creative and bold in proposing new
design solutions that brings the best of of a city and solves some of the problems inherent to a city

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