Eco Capsules, designed by Bratislava-based Nice Architects, promise to let anyone live off the grid for up to a year. Each unit has solar panels, a retractable wind turbine, and a design that captures rainwater. You’ll find a kitchenette with running water, a flushing toilet, and a hot shower.
The Ecocapsule “is suitable for a wide range of applications,” write the designers, such as an “independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a humanitarian-action unit.”
Those interested in buying one can pre-order at the end of 2015, with delivery in the first half of 2016. A display unit will be shown during the Pioneers festival in Vienna on the 28th-29th of May.
In 2016 You Will Be Able To Live Off The Grid In One Of These Eco Capsules
“The biggest challenge was to integrate all the different technologies into the small body of the pod and still have some space left for people,” Nice Architects told us!
The Eco Capsule Relies On Wind And Solar Power And Collects Rainwater
“We hope to finish a camper version with wheels before the end of 2016.”
Its Interior Can Comfortably Sleep Two And Provide Eight Sq Meters Of Living Space.
These Pods Could Be Deployed Anywhere In Case Of Emergency
“The water reservoir has an overflow valve, so if the tanks are full, they won’t accept any more water. But that is a rare case.”
Eco Capsules Fit In A Sea Container Or Can Be Towed On A Trailer
“With the capsule in tow, you can exceed the normal range of an electric car, stay somewhere for the night, and charge 1/4 quarter of the battery. This is enough to reach the nearest supercharger.”
A Built-In Kitchenette With Running Water, A Flushing Toilet, And A Hot Shower Are All Included.
“The first Design used multistage water recycling technology. Now we simplified the system and replaced the flushing toilet with composting. We are still searching for an ultimate solution.”
The Walls Are Insulated To Ensure Maximum Energy Savings And Maintain Comfort.
The Units Could Be Research Stations, Emergency Housing, Or Humanitarian-Action Units.
But Most People Might Want To Enjoy Them.
Architecture & Design would like to thank Nice Architects for this interview.
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