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The Nano House

Designers in India have built a tiny building with bamboo walls, fiber roof and a mud floor which means it can be built anywhere using local materials for $315 (£197). (Pics)

 

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 $1917 (£1,200) Nano – and a $16 (£10) water purifier, while mobile phone companies have offered handsets designed for poor rickshaw drivers and farmers.

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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.

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“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.

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Via Telegraph

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