Ecocapsules, small houses and renewables energies, a good mix.
As the population continues to grow, there is less and less space to build houses. New perspectives to relieve demographic pressure in big cities are needed and advantage can be taken of renewables energies to better achieve this goal.
A proposal from a Slovakian based studio is called an “Ecocapsule”. It is a small, egg-shaped abode (not boot shaped) that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go and live off the grid. It’s roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that stores the energy harnessed in a high-power battery. The structure’s shape also allows its inhabitant to collect rainwater by placing containers around it. Since the capsule measures just 14.6 feet long by 7.4 feet wide by 8.4 feet tall, anyone who isn’t keen on tiny houses (and we do mean really tiny houses) might feel more than a bit claustrophobic inside. 1
However, its designers, Nice Architects from Slovakia, made good use of every inch of interior space, fitting in a folding bed, a small kitchen, a dining area, a shower and flushable toilet, and even some storage space. With its immense off-grid life span, worldwide portability and flexibility, this proposal is suitable for a wide range of applications: from an independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a humanitarian-action unit.2
There are other projects some of which have a film theme based design or medieval inspiration 3. The good thing is that we are getting closer to functional, portable and inexpensive homes that could help us live in better conditions in the not so distant future, thus allowing people to better adapt to the changing needs of cities.