This Week in Pods

Photo credit: Dieter van Baarle, CC BY 2.0.

First, let’s get this out of the way:

Those look both 1) disgusting and 2) nothing like Tide Pods.

In other Pod News, an architect is trying to turn water pipes into tiny homes. As Dwell explains:

Conceived by James Law of James Law Cybertecture, the OPod Tube House is an experimental, low-cost, micro-living housing unit constructed as a temporary living space for young people, and made from a 2.5-meter-diameter concrete water pipe.

Micro-living! Temporary! Young people! (How old do you have to be before you get a living space that’s more than 2.5 meters — or eight feet — wide?)

You can view the OPod Tube House at Dwell, and the current model is cheerfully grim: a narrow futon across from a narrow desk, with a row of shelving at the top. A second unit houses a mini-fridge, microwave, and clothing rack, with a door separating it from the shower and toilet. Together the two chunks of pipe form a 100-square foot unit that is designed to be used by one or two people. (I have a hard time imagining two people sharing that space. There’s only one desk, for starters.)

Make sure you scroll far enough to see the rendering of tube houses stacked on top of each other like toilet paper rolls. It’s a tubepartment community! Just don’t push too hard on any of the units or the whole thing’ll come crashing down.

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