People Who Live in Egg Houses: Chinese Architect's Sidewalk Abode

Dec 13, 2010· 0 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.

Wanting to live close to work but unable to afford Beijing’s high rents, 24-year-old architect Dai Haifei settled on an egg-streme solution: He built himself an egg house.

Peak-a-boo. (Photo: STR Stringer/Getty Images)

The solar-powered, oval-shaped shack is made of bamboo, wood and grass seed, reports China Daily. To construct the wood igloo, Haifei shelled out $964.

Seeing as there's only room for a single bed, a water tank, and a lamp, the grand tour lasts, oh, four seconds.

Could you live here? (Photo: STR Stringer/Getty Images)

"I feel good living here though it's simple, and a bit cold sometimes, what important for me, is—it saves me a lot of money!" Dai told China Daily.

Haifei's egg-stasy over his rent-free existence was short-lived.

Who knew eggs came with solar panels? (Photo: STR Stringer/Getty Images)

Claiming that the one-room palace was an illegal residence, city officials forced Haifei to abandon the home after just two months, according to Batangstoday.

During that time, however, the Hunan City University graduate had parked the hut in a courtyard just outside his office, ensuring a daily commute of about a minute.