Building an egg shaped cabin

This is a translation from Ruan Yifeng’s blog. There are 100 images in this entry. You might need to refresh your browser to get them loaded.

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At the end of 2010, the media reported that there appeared an egg shaped cabin inside an area in Haidian District, Beijing (北京海淀区).

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It was the temporary residence of 24 years old young man Dai Haifei (戴海飞) from Hunan Province.

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Dai’s hometown is in the rural area of Shaoyang (湖南邵阳), Hunan Province. He majored in architecture at College of Architecture and Urban Planning (建筑与城市规划学院) in 2005. After graduation, he went to Beijing and worked for an architectural design company.

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He could not afford a commercial residence. Even renting is too costly. So, he came up to the idea to build a simple cabin.

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Even though it is fully equipped, it is built by a plain citizen by using nearby materials and using his hands. The fact that it is a simple movable cabin that meets basic living requirement makes other wonder how he has made it to happen?

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Let’s see the design of this egg shaped cabin and the process of construction.

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Design blue print:Height: 2.3m, inside net height: 1.9m.

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Horizontal design profile, length 3 meters, width: 2 meters

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The first step in construction, draw the basic shape on ground.

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Processing of steel.

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Bending the steel n accordance with the draw good shape

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Steel was made into circles of different sizes.

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then barricaded those forming one of the original steel frame.

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Welding on the steel junction.

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Processing steel pipes.

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Made the base using steel pipes.

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Installed wheels on base.

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Welded the base and frame together.

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Printing.

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The whole structure after painting.

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The next step is to make bamboo structure based on the steel structure. Bamboo pieces were fixed by screws.

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Cut bamboo open

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Processed them into bamboo stripes.

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Fixed the bamboo stripes onto the steel structure.

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Bamboo structure is formed.

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Bamboo structure refined.

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Bamboo structure was further improved.

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Inside the bamboo structure

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The overall shape after the bamboo structure.

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Next step, make the floor.

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Under the steel, laid a layer of tarps.

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On top of tarps, laid wooden blocks

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Weave bamboo strips.

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Laid the bamboo mat on the floor.

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On top of bamboo mat, laid foams.

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This is the bottom after laying forms.

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Making the exhaust fan mounting hole.

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This is the mounting hole.

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Processing the floor.

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Laying the floor.

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The finished floor.

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Half of the work done.

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The next is the wall.

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Making the inner most bamboo mat.

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The inside of bamboo mat.

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The details of bamboo mat.

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The lighting through bamboo mat.

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Making the mat overnight.

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The finished bamboo mat

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It looks a little like a simple house.

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The bamboo mat is covered by a layer of plastic sheet.

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Outside of plastic sheet is another layer of foams for insulation.

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Outside of the foam is an addition layer of tarlaulin.

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The wall is almost complete.

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Furniture design.

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Prepare the wood.

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Wood processing.

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Make furniture.

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Furniture installation.

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Furniture after installation.

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Furniture painting.

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The furniture after painting.

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The lower edge of the bed can be spanned to increase the area.

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The ceiling.

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Circuit design.

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Solar panels.

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Installing solar panels.

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Using bamboo strips to make a cover of chandelier.

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The effect after light bulb is in place.

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Chandelier is installed.

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Water supply system design.

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Prepare a barrel as a mean to store water.

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Puming air into the barrel in order to increase the air pressure.

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After the air pressure is raised, water flows out when faucet is open.

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Make a drainage hole in the wooden basin.

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Drainage hole is formed.

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制作水龙头。

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Install faucet and basin.

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Design of sod for outside wall.

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Sewing small bags.

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Filled seeds and wood chips in the bags.

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The completed bags.

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Hanging the bags to the wall.

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The bags covered the entire wall.

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The surface after the coverage is completed.

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The surface of bags

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Soon after, seeds began to germinate.

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Up to now, the egg shaped cabin is completed. The material cost is 6427 yuans in total. They are: wheels for 160 yuans, tie for 125 yuan, grinding for 31 yuans, water tank and pumping device for 95 yuans, steel for 573 yuans, drilling for 18 yuans, bamboo for 375 yuans, tools for 210 yuans, glue for 200 yuans, faucet for 42 yuans, steel pipes for 95 yuans, wood board for 530 yuans, waterproofed sheet for 508 yuan, solor panel for 970 yuans, angle iron for 30 yuans, screws for 115 yuans, paint for 284 yuans, welder for 260 yuan, spray gun for 450 yuans, gauze for 600 yuan, insulation for 100 yuans, seeds for 110 yuans, light bulbs for 36 yuans, air mattress for 50 yuans, plexiglass for 160 yuan, washbasin for 60 yuans, Steel net for 240 yuans.

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Cabin is manufactured in Hunan. The next step is to deliver to Beijing.

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From Hunan to Beijing, the shipping charge is about 3500 yuans.

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Finally delivered to the destination.

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Turn on the lights, it can be used.

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Interior decoration.

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Head out, breathing fresh air.

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Use of computers in the house.

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electronic thermometer on table show the room temperature is 4.4 C, very cold.

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Wash Supplies.

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A simple wash.

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The bed. Since the insulation of cabin is not so good, bedding must be very thick in winter.

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What’s the feeling when sleeping inside?

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