If you have dreams of going completely off-the-grid and embrace the ultimate in sustainability, look no further than your very own Ecocapsule. This compact dwelling resembles an egg-shaped, energy efficient dome which solar panels and a wind turbine.
The Ecocapsule was originally designed by Nice Architects for living by professionals who work in remote locations, like forest rangers, and scientists. However, its developer eventually decided to create a house that would appeal to a wider range of customers.
This type of design now benefits from the increasingly popular tiny house movement. More and more people want to cut their costs and simplify their lives by turning to low-cost, low-maintenance, eco-friendly homes.
The Ecocapsule’s interior measures only 86 square feet, yet it features a kitchenette, storage area and a bed that sleeps two. Although it isn’t particularly spacious, it does offer a number of valuable advantages.
It has virtually zero environmental impact after the manufacturing process comes to an end, and owners of this smart design become self-reliant without the need to spend much money on maintenance, energy or real estate.
And even if these amenities don’t satisfy people who desire big-screen TVs and specialized cooking appliances, this dwelling will meet all your basic needs for an extended period of time.
These eco-friendly pods can be placed in a huge variety of locations. They can be seen in remote rural campsites or on top of buildings with strong roofs. Other options include urban parking spaces and campgrounds with recreational vehicle sites.
Size & Weight
Its minimal weight and dimensions also make it comparatively easy to store, transport, or use in a wide range of locations. It weighs just over 3,300 pounds and measures 15 x 8 feet. The pod is small enough to fit in a shipping container.
There are several different ways to move this house from one place to another. It’s possible to carry the capsule on a truck, tow it on an open trailer behind a vehicle, or transport it inside of an enclosed cargo trailer.
Additionally, this environment-friendly home offers a bathroom with a hot shower and flush toilet. There’s no need to connect it to a costly municipal water supply either. This capsule collects water from rain showers or morning dew, and the water is filtered before it goes through the plumbing system.
In addition to providing its own water supply, the Ecocapsule generates its own electricity with solar panels and a retractable wind turbine. These renewable energy sources power the lights, appliances, and can even be used to charge an electric vehicle’s battery.
Naturally, there are sure to be times when the wind stops blowing and sunlight becomes scarce. This eco-friendly home’s rechargeable battery stores enough extra electricity. It can hold about 9.7 kilowatts of power, enough to run a medium-sized electric fan for approximately 200 hours.
Another possibility is that governments and charities could send these pods to disaster zones. When severe storms or earthquakes destroy infrastructure, they would still be able to provide comfortable temporary housing. The manufacturer uses materials that stand up to strong winds and other inclement weather.
Several other companies also offer tiny homes. These include the WaterNest 100 from Ecoflolife, and the G-Pods from Ornate Garden. Tiny house enthusiasts can also consider the metal and wood DropXL from In-tenta or the see-through Alpine Capsule from Ross Lovegrove.