Egg house designer will be forced to live in rented house (3)

17:17, December 07, 2010      

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Photo taken on Dec. 2, 2010 shows some furnishings in the egg-shaped house in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

In October, Dai Haifei officially registered his egg house

Dai's living situation was not bad: his home was close to his office — just 4 meters away — and he need not ride a crowded bus, nor pay rent. The room used solar lighting and if he needed water, he would get a bucket of it from the office building.

If the story of the egg house had not been published on the Web, it is possible that Dai could still be living this life today as normal.

However, everything has changed. Now lots of fans, including students, journalists, businessmen, and foreigners, come to visit his house.

Zhao Guihai (a pseudonym) working in an investment company in Beijing, said that the egg house lit up a dream that was buried in his heart for many years. He wanted to launch a "Straw House" program with Dai Haifei. However, he waited downstairs for a long time. Dai Haifei always hid in the office and did not show.

Some netizens said that it is a grass-roots action to struggle with the high house prices.

Dai said the egg house is just a design work.

"I just want to solve my housing problem. I don't know it can pull out so many problems," Dai said

When he built this egg house, he was enthusiastic, but when the egg house has become the focus of so much attention, he was a little heartbroken. He would have to give up on his passion.

At 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 3, the egg house was quietly removed. His company said that this design work will be saved.

Company insiders said that "At present, there are still many technical aspects of the egg house that should be improved, such as waste disposal and heat preservation problems, so we cannot begin mass production."

Dai Haifei said "these days, I am living in my friend's home. I may rent a house near the company."

By Yan Meng, People's Daily Online

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