A number of skylights help illuminate the home. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia
A number of skylights help illuminate the home. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia

The $13k plug-in house you can build in a day

WHILE some of us might struggle to put together a flat pack bookshelf in less than five hours, there is a firm that claims you can build its tiny house with a single tool in less than a day.

The plug-in’s living room ceiling extends upwards to provide a double-height space. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia Source:Supplied
The plug-in’s living room ceiling extends upwards to provide a double-height space. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia Source:Supplied

Beijing firm, the People's Architecture Office (PAO), recently showcased a "Plug-in House" it designed for a local resident who had landed in a spot of trouble with her housing situation.

The house is completely waterproof and can be used outside of an existing structure. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia.Source:Supplied
The house is completely waterproof and can be used outside of an existing structure. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia.Source:Supplied

The lady, known as Mrs Fan, had been living in the courtyard of her parent's property, but was forced to reconsider her options when her small and dilapidated home became uninhabitable.

The panels attach to one another with an integrated lock. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia Source:Supplied
The panels attach to one another with an integrated lock. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia Source:Supplied

After hearing her story, PAO designed her a brand new home that cost just $A13,060 - 30 times less than a typical apartment in the area - and was able to be constructed using only a single hex wrench.

You can see the new crib on the block. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia Source:Supplied
You can see the new crib on the block. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia Source:Supplied

The plug-in replaced the existing dwelling and added a kitchen, bathroom and other new functions previously missing from the home.

The house also allowed for a private deck. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia
The house also allowed for a private deck. Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia
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