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Tata’s New Flatpack ‘Nano House’ Can Be Purchased For $US700

Tata Nano House

The company that developed the world’s cheapest car, the Nano (priced at $2,500), is going to have a new invention on the market: the Nano house. Developed by the Tata Group, the Nano house is a prefabricated, flatpack dwelling priced at a mere $700US. At 20 square meters per dwelling, this works out to a bargain price of $3.34 per square foot.

The material for the 20 square meter house includes coconut or jute cladding with complete interior layouts. The house kit, which also includes doors, windows, and a roof, can be assembled in seven days. One can also opt for the upgraded 30 square meter design with optional extras such as a solar energy system and a front verandah.

One of the overarching objectives of the Nano house is to provide affordable shelter to poor populations around the world. As a result, Tata projects that some of its biggest clients will be state governments that require mass residential development for slum-dwellers or homeless people.

However, the large-scale construction of Nano houses is not merely a top-down process. In fact, Tata has incorporated local decision-making in the design phase to ensure that Nano houses are ideally suited for specific local populations. In India, Tata held meetings with local panchayats (local councils) to gather ideas on house style and functionality. The company is presently compiling user feedback from pilot projects in rural India, and hopes to embark on several other pilot projects throughout the year.

Tata Steel is currently holding talks with various manufacturers to set up local facilities throughout India. The hope is that localized manufacturing will help generate employment opportunities for villagers.

The houses are said to have a life expectancy of 20 years.

What are your thoughts on the new Nano house? Do you think it will help fight poverty? Or are there some problems associated with the large-scale implementation of Nano housing “projects”?

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  • Matty P

    I think this is brilliant.

    Talking to various governments in an attempt to understand and work within the constraints of their respective requirements is a great start.
    Let’s see where it goes from here.

  • http://twitter.com/anecdotal_anna Anna Hill

    I know people who spend more than that on a pair of shoes. This is utterly sensational, I hope it’s implementation is as impressive as the concept.

  • http://www.purecaffeine.com/ Nathanael Boehm

    I love that they’re conducting local research and consultation … gives it a greater chance of success and adoption. Hope it takes off!

  • Jacquelinemcerlean

    this sounds too good to be true! whats the catch?

  • Janosdallas

    I want one, even at twice the price. Even at 3 times the price it would be cheaper than buying a second- hand shipping container. 
    Go Tata- not just creators of the Tata nano, world’s cheapest car, but the owners of Range Rover and Jaguar in the UK.

  • Erica

    Finally I can afford a house!  Are they selling in the US? :)

  • Flynnconsult

    Layout suggestions: Flip the bedroom and living area so people enter into the living area and then flow into the kitchen, with the bedroom at the other end of the house so resting is undisturbed. Also should have back door into kitchen and move the loft from above the kitchen to above the bedroom to avoid possible upward flow of smells and heat into the sleeping area.

  • P B Horton

    But the way they have it, the plumbing lines up along one side. It would add to the cost to have the kitchen diagonally opposite the bathroom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mukesh-Kumar/100000786001523 Mukesh Kumar

    thank u TATA you are the real hero of India..we are proud of you..change the look of indian villagers..they are more expecting to you…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mukesh-Kumar/100000786001523 Mukesh Kumar

    please do something for Villages in west Uttar Pradesh..they are all farmer..and grow food for half population of India..but still away of social development…

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  • Harts Robert

    Dear Sirs,
    I am really intersted to make an order of the new Nano House, but can you provide me with a person to contact and to follow up with him, the necessary order, thank you

  • Giannos ioannou

    i want more information please sent me in my email : giannosioannou-strouthoskataskeves@hotmail:disqus .com  iam interesting of nano houses thnks

  • Summer

    I am genuinely amazed at some of the work that most people,companys and ordinary people are archiving in the way of serving the less fortunate,helping the inviroment in 1 way or another{solor power-electric cars or serving the inviroment in a positive way ,but then you have coal, gas & oil how will businesses in those fields be…}l think there are so many great ideas and archivment out there and when you want to put it out there you have government protocal that will stop or just time consuming wasted time because they haven’t come up with the idea or the multi billion dollar companys that contol governments in u scratch my back and will defently keep u in business by keeping there products on the market good or bad….says alot for who’s side the government really serves.GOOD LUCK ON ALL YOUR ACHIVEMENTS   

  • Anirudhsreepuri

    i am so interested in nano house,can u pls send me the features of nano house
    my email is anirudhsreepuri@gmail.com

  • http://www.cavite-housing.com/ Cavite Housing

    Nano house i want to see it… I hope people will be happy with it… Nice project

  • Dark_juni

    hello from Greece ! i just lost my mind when i suddenly see by a mistake this …nano house!!so cheap and so good!! i am intresting to buy so if can someone contact my messenger is dark_juni@hotmail.com . i will be waiting !! thanks !

  • http://itshumour.blogspot.com/2011/07/funny-marriage-jokes.html Funny Jokey

    this is a very nice design, its good to get reading some funny comments over here

  • Vivienne

    could you email more details about the tata homes.I have a block of land that I want to leave for my granddaughter.It has power & water but no house. I am a struggling person & if I ever won lotto I would buy 50 of your houses for each of our country’s city,s for the homeless.My email is vjdunc@gmail.com

  • ang

    I live in Las Vegas. The housing out here especially with utilities is almost unaffordable. I have a full time bartending position at a gaming bar, seperated, female going through a divorce & I am struggling. I understand how people can become homeless so quickly out here. I want to go back to school, but I need to make sure I have continuous shelter to do so.

    I dont know if you would be willing…but I would like to save up and buy a nano house…one with the solar options because the monopoly on electric is ridiculous. The bills are What make it sooooo hard to live! I am not aaking for a Hand out. I will save & pay. I just dont want to be on the street, 35 years young, with three small dogs, begging for money. I want my job…but with out shelter it is hard to keep jobs…gotta shower & have a place to jeep my babies (pups).

    If interested is selling one…Angel_79@live.com.

  • Stella Lina

    Hello!I’m from Greece and so excited to finally find a home i can afford for!Please,would you send me some more information,such as can i buy one from and for my country?And how can i do that?I’m really interested in buying one!My e-mail adress is Ella81@outlook.com.I’m looking forward to your answer!

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