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Alpod aluminum pod homes are headed for Hong Kong

Imagine you live in a city, and you suddenly change jobs. Your new office is located all the way at the other end of town, and now your commute is a nightmare. Maybe instead of moving apartments — searching Craigslist, packing boxes, and hiring movers — you could just transport your whole living pod to within walking distance of your office. It’s an idea that quite a few people have had, like Professor Dumpster, and James Law of James Law Cybertecture.

The latter designed the Alpod, a 42.6-by-10.8-by-10.8-foot housing unit. There’s about 480 square feet of living space, so it’s definitely a tight fit. It looks a little like a sleek railroad car, with rounded corners and sans wheels. It’s made of aluminum and comes with a built-in kitchen and bathroom. The idea is to use it as a primary residence, office, or vacation home. There are sliding glass walls that are meant to invite nature (and possibly bugs) in.

“Designed as a personal and exclusive high-tech pod house, Alpod surrounds its residents with a futuristic interior based on a contemporary, flexible open-plan living space that features advanced environmental controls, a special lighting design, full height glazing, skylights, plus kitchen and bathroom facilities,” said Law in a press release. The pods could be stacked in a variety of configurations, including ones where it’s possible to pull out individual homes and put in new ones, should tenants decide to move on but bring their Alpod with them.

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The houses are expected to be available later this year for a price of around $65,000 in Hong Kong, according to Gizmag.

If making a house entirely out of aluminum seems like a bit of a stretch, it’s not the first time it’s happened. There’s a tiny house in Illinois that a man named Yuri built out of aluminum.