N ecessity is the mother of innovation, and nothing could probably be a better proof than what this guy, Peter Berkowitz, is doing to save on rent in the city of San Francisco. His innovation shares a freaky similarity to insanity and craziness, but when you think about it a second time, it feels a little less shocking than it does at first thought. Check out this guy's story who's living in a box.
The right-most person in this photo is Peter Berkowitz, a 25-year-old freelance illustrator. He recently moved to San Francisco's Sunset District.
When he sat out to apartment hunting with a friend after moving to San Francisco, he was introduced to San Francisco's real estate dilemma where a place might have a huge living room, but not enough of bedrooms. And so, he decided to get innovative and build a bedroom/pod of his own.
Berkowitz has been making full use of his 'living box' since the last three weeks. He pays $400 a month as rent while four other people in the three-bedroom apartment pay $800 each for their rooms.
Berkowitz feels his pod is very comfortable, although one might think otherwise. He spends his time in the pod reading and working on a built-in computer table and uses the space behind the backboard of the bed to keep his clothes.
The pod has been inspired by Japanese capsule hotels. It is comfortable and provides the peace and quiet he needs to rest.
His roommates weren't so sure about the idea of a box at first. However, it turns out that building the pod was more disruptive than Berkowitz actually living in it! It cost about $1,300 to construct the entire pod.
And Berkowitz gets why you might. But then again, being a strong believer of maximizing living spaces in a city that has issues in the matter could help in understanding the motive behind this insane innovation.