Indian Company Produces Flat-Pack, $700 Houses

TataReports Agence France-Presse via Raw Story:

The Indian company that launched the world’s cheapest car has unveiled its latest product for the fast-growing nation: a flat-pack house that costs just $700 and can be built in a week.

The Tata group, maker of the $2,500 Nano car, said that the 20-square-metre (215-square-foot) home comes from a pre-fabricated kit that includes doors, windows and a roof.

“We have already prepared two-three different designs based on discussions with users and are gathering more feedback,” Sumitesh Das, the head of the project at Tata, told reporters in Hyderabad.

“Hopefully, in the next six-eight months we should be able to roll it out in the market nationally.”
The basic model of a so-called “Nano” house will cost 32,000 rupees ($720) and will use coconut fibre or jute for wall cladding and interiors. It has a life expectancy of 20 years.

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10 Comments on "Indian Company Produces Flat-Pack, $700 Houses"

  1. Anonymous | Jul 19, 2011 at 2:28 am |

    Behold, the slums of the future!

  2. reubenavery | Jul 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |

    Behold, the slums of the future!

  3. Anonymous | Jul 19, 2011 at 4:23 am |

    So am I just young and stupid for considering this a viable option for temporary home ownership, or is the future economic situation for someone my age bad enough that I’d consider this? 

    Why cant it be both?

  4. So am I just young and stupid for considering this a viable option for temporary home ownership, or is the future economic situation for someone my age bad enough that I’d consider this? 

    Why cant it be both?

  5. I wanna get like 20 of these things, and fit them all together into my own mutant mansion! 🙂

  6. I wanna get like 20 of these things, and fit them all together into my own mutant mansion! 🙂

  7. Monkey See Monkey Do | Jul 19, 2011 at 6:44 am |

    20 year life expectancy?? what a gimmick. more waste to clutter the streets.

  8. Monkey See Monkey Do | Jul 19, 2011 at 2:44 am |

    20 year life expectancy?? what a gimmick. more waste to clutter the streets.

  9. I’m torn between slight disgust…since its essentially a profitable lowering of standards marketed at a world of people poorer and less capable of social advancement than ever…

    …and faint hope…because there are many places where 4 walls and roof are suddenly possible through government action and relief agencies. It has potential impact on hygiene, lifespan, disaster recovery efforts and more…making things possible in third world countries that were completely off the table until now.

    I reserve judgment…I guess we’ll eventually see if people’s better natures find a use for these that reflects human dignity…or crass materialism at its worst. 

  10. I’m torn between slight disgust…since its essentially a profitable lowering of standards marketed at a world of people poorer and less capable of social advancement than ever…

    …and faint hope…because there are many places where 4 walls and roof are suddenly possible through government action and relief agencies. It has potential impact on hygiene, lifespan, disaster recovery efforts and more…making things possible in third world countries that were completely off the table until now.

    I reserve judgment…I guess we’ll eventually see if people’s better natures find a use for these that reflects human dignity…or crass materialism at its worst. 

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