This Eco-Capsule by Nice Architects Will Change Your Future
The Eco-Capsule by Nice Architects will change the future of homes.
The capsule might look like a miniature space craft, but the design doesn’t matter that much as the capsule will allow people to live anywhere in the world.
Someone has thought about this innovative idea and created the Swiss Army knife of houses, which has everything residents would need to live whenever they choose to live.
Can you believe that in that tiny capsule can fit two people? The compact ‘Eco-capsule’ features an energy-efficient shape, running water, and off-the-grid power source, thanks to solar, water and wind harvesting capabilities.
The tiny ‘house’ was designed by Slovakian firm Nice Architects, and will be available to pre-order by the end of 2015. The first capsules are expected to ship during the first half of 2016.
The first public display of the Eco-Capsule took place this week, at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria, on May 28 and 29.
Visitors were able to see the capsule’s spherical shape, which Nice Architects say is to maximize the collection of rain water and morning dew.
The compact design has given the Eco-Capsule an energy-efficient shape and with the membrane water filters to purify 99.99% of bacteria, rendering any natural water source suitable for drinking.
Hollow walls filled with high-performance thermal insulation help reduce energy consumption.
The company began working on the project in 2008, but it was not until 2014 that significant developments allowed them to create a prototype with long-term independence.
In a statement, Nice Architects said: “The key to a successful survival strategy is strict management of energy resources.”
“Conventional houses can afford to lose several watts per hour, but for Eco-Capsule this difference crucial. Long term independence is mostly matter of strategy – how to harness and reuse every kind of energy available.
“All these small tricks together are creating a system able to sustain itself without other resources for long periods of time. It allows people to reach the frontiers with the luxury of the hotel room. It can serve as a cottage, pop-up hotel, or even as a charging station for electric cars.”
The innovative egg-shaped chamber allows you to camp even in the most extreme parts of the world with all the conveniences offered by a hotel room.
Thanks to electricity obtained by using solar panels and wind turbines, this little residential area, can be placed nearly in every field, and a thick layer of thermal insulation reduces heat loss to a minimum.
This chamber-house of 1500kg has a shower, toilet, bed for two people and a small kitchen, and has the ability to collect rainwater.
Eco-capsule was originally designed for people who spend a lot of time in nature, such as scientists, researchers, but it soon became clear that it could be extremely useful in an urban environment, as a way to avoid expensive rents or as a way of temporary home after natural disasters.
Sending the capsule from Slovakia to New York, for example, will cost you €2,200 ($2,383) alone and the capsule itself is likely to run to tens of thousands of dollars.
Are you going to pre-order the Eco-Capsule?