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Brief Published: 4 Jun 2015

Ecocapsule

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Ecocapsule

Bratislava-based Nice Architects has created Ecocapsule – a flexible, two-person home that can be put to a range of uses, from tourist camper to scientific research station.

The self-sufficient capsule home – which was unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria, last week – squeezes a kitchenette, working and sleeping space for two, flushing toilet and hot shower into its eight square metres of living space. It also has external and internal storage.

The dwelling can remain off-grid for up to a year, drawing power from a high-capacity battery charged by solar cells on its roof and a retractable 750-watt wind turbine. This dual system ensures continued power when the sun is hidden or the winds are calm. In colder climes, extra heat comes from an incinerator.

The capsule's spherical body is optimised to collect rain and dew and doubles as a water filter for water fetched by the user, completing the capsule's self-sufficiency.

Pre-orders will be taken from the last quarter of 2015, when the final unit price will be announced. A towable version is expected in late 2016.

The Ecocapsule is one of a growing number of nomadic micro-houses finding favour, particularly among millennials. See Digital Nomads for more on the rise of roaming lifestyles.

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