The £197 ‘nano house’ designed to solve India’s slum housing

One of India’s leading companies has designed a £197 ‘nano house’ it believes could solve the world’s housing crisis and lift its two billion poor out of slum housing.

One of India's leading companies has designed a £197 'nano house' it believes could solve the world's housing crisis and lift its two billion poor out of slum housing.

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The house has the ability to transform itself from a livable workplace during the day to providing two private comfortable bedrooms during the night
One of India's leading companies has designed a £197 'nano house' it believes could solve the world's housing crisis and lift its two billion poor out of slum housing.

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The Nano uses passive solar energy, which is completely free, non-polluting and renewable
One of India's leading companies has designed a £197 'nano house' it believes could solve the world's housing crisis and lift its two billion poor out of slum housing.

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The Nano house can be ordered and built almost overnight

The tiny building has bamboo walls, fibre roofing and a mud floor which means it can be built anywhere with local materials, its designers claim.

Mahindra, the Indian automobiles to defence multinational company, designed the house as part of a Harvard design challenge to build a house for under $300.

Their design will now be used to build a prototype before a decision is made on commercial production.

The development reflects the growing numbers of Indian firms targeting its hundreds of millions of rural poor and lower-income groups in its growing cities. It the last three years Indian companies have developed the world’s cheapest car – the £1,200 Nano – and a £10 water purifier, while mobile phone companies have offered handsets designed for poor rickshaw drivers and farmers.

Mahindra believes its house could revolutionise the lives of India’s rural poor.

Designer Mohan Raghavan said although the house is small – it measures 23.6 sq ft – it addresses people’s need for dry shelter, light, ventilation, cooling and safety from insects and mosquitoes.

The bamboo structure will make the house earthquake and monsoon-proof, while solar lanterns and purifiers will offer free light and clean water at a nominal extra cost.

“The house is designed for rural and homeless people in developing countries like India and Africa, where a large number of population cannot afford cheap and effective housing. The basic aim is to enable homeless people to own a house,” he said.

In rural areas, the houses will be build in clusters with shared kitchens and bathrooms.

Their simplicity means they can be built in four days and could serve as a replacement for tents as emergency homes for flood and earthquake victims, he said.

The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/8597080/The-197-nano-house-designed-to-solve-Indias-slum-housing.html

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2 Responses to The £197 ‘nano house’ designed to solve India’s slum housing

  1. Catee Delaloye says:

    “Copied” Nano House in India.

    Nano Living System UK, is a company responsible for the Nano House, dubbed as the world’s smallest sustainable house.

    Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, has taken the liberty to not only pirate the product, but to market it with NLS’s text, pictures, soundtrack, and videos. There are multiple TV channels, newspapers, and magazines with the picture of the Nano House and text both belonging to NLS. The company’s years of research has been harmed by this pirate group known as Mahindra, who are planning to offer NLS’s design for $300. NLS has been stormed with e-mails regarding this with confusion and anger from fans worldwide. Mahindra have broken a number of laws concerning trademark, patent, and copyright.

    NLS’s company mission has always been to provide homes to the world, while building in the outmost sustainable manner. What Mahindra has done is unethical, unacceptable, and a crime.

    Furthermore, a team from Mahindra Partners submitted an entry to Harvard for a chance to win $25,000 and have now been invited to the US for a prototype workshop. When you thought you have heard everything, think again. NLS owner Gaby Strehler, who has designed the Nano House, is outraged at what this company has done. This company has already caused enormous monetary problems for NLS and disappointment for millions of people who have been waiting for the real Nano House.

  2. Zarina says:

    We would like to draw your attention and that of your readers that the designs of the low cost house annexed to the above news item, is not the design Mahindra Partners created for the US $300 House Open Design Challenge. We request you to remove the photo/s in question as soon as possible because it currently provides a wrong image of the US$300 Mahindra house. We would be happy to send you an image of the design we, at Mahindra Partners have created, should you wish to post the same on your site, along with the story. Additional details of our design are available on http://www.300house.com. Thank you.

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