After college, Dai Haifei, 24, landed a good job at an architecture firm inBeijing. But since the living expenses in China's capital are so high, Haifei was unable to afford rent and commuter costs, The Epoch Times reports.
To solve the problem, he used his design skills and built a 6-foot, 7-inch egg-shaped mobile home on public property near where the company is located. He lived in the hut for two months, until it was removed by authorities on Dec. 3.
The $960 (6400 yuan) home was everything he needed and more. It's waterproof, has wheels so it can be moved and has solar panels on the roof to produce electricity. It's made of bamboo and covered in sacks of soil with grass growing for camouflage. Inside is a bed, room for plenty of books and even a small water tank.
Haifei not only wanted a convenient place to live, but also hoped to raise awareness about the living conditions in China, and to open doors for alternative living possibilities.
While you might expect the mobile home was taken away due to complaints, in fact, the neighbors weren't bothered by it, but were rather impressed. It was city officials who removed it because it had broken violations.
Ye Tan of Southern Metropolis Daily wrote, "We should salute the designer of the mini egg house. It is full of green, environmentally-friendly ideas ... and is sufficient to sustain daily life."
BY RACHEL ROSSITTO | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 5:01 PM ET