Egg House Moved,Its Owner Has to Rent an Apartment


Chinese Society  Updated:Mon, Dec 6, 2010 23:23 PM   By Bernd Chang


Capsule Apartment,Snail dwelling

Dai Haifei's self designed egg-shaped tiny house was declared as illegal construction by authority and required to be removed or demolished. 

Under wide coverage of his egg-shaped house, Dai Haifei (戴海飞) felt great pressure and finally had his house moved away.

The 6-square-meter mobile "egg house" that made headlines last week is no more.

The compact mobile home that was built by its 24-year-old owner as a personal solution to the city's sky-high rents has been removed from its parking place.

Several witnesses who work in buildings surrounding the yard in Haidian district where the egg house was parked said more than 10 people, including the home's owner Dai Haifei and his colleagues, moved the tiny home onto a truck and drove it away at around 8 pm on Friday.

The home, which looks like a huge egg covered in small jute bags, uses low technology and low-carbon ideas such as turning solar energy into electricity.

It had been attracting lots of attention from passers-by and the city's media and was widely talked about online.

The property company responsible person said, the company Dai Haifei works for is a design firm, they bought a lot of fresh ideas, and gave lots of energy to the compound. Residents and workers in the compound all like them, and also like their architectural designs.

“However, if staying in it overnight then this becomes a temporary building.” The responsible person said, all temporary buildings must be approved by the municipal sector. He said that he already called the office and hoping to move the “egg house” inside of the company.

On Thursday, Haidian Urban Management said, all construction on the streets, without approval by the relevant department are all illegal constructions which should be removed. If it is built inside of a courtyard, City Urban Management will contact the property management, allowing them to remove it.

“Today all the phone calls are from the media, Dai Haifei and the firm are under a lot of pressure. We will not make any response to the media anymore.” Miss Liu at Dai Haifei’s firm said.

Dai Haifei’s creative house was inspired by “egg of the city” series designed by his firm. The original design was to make people aware of the living environment under this high priced housing market, at the same time hoping to improve people’s living condition and appearance of the city, but it is not suitable to be popularized in the current conditions.

On Friday, the firm spokesman said, “egg house” attracted media’s attention, we think Dai Haifei isn’t going to be able to live in the cabin any longer. “His career was just begun, and do not wish to be bothered.”

"He lives in a house of a friend and he is now looking for an apartment for rent", one of his colleagues said.
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