Are you a writer, who wants to leave everything and focus on your big book? Are you a surfer, who wants to live on the beach? Or are you a wildlife photographer, who spend most of the time hunting for perfect shots? I am sure, that you miss the comfort of your home.
In Bratislava, capital city of Slovakia, there is an architectonic studio – Nice Architects. They did something that may interest you. They developed the concept of mobile unit, in which you can of course live. It is called Ecocapsule. This idea is around from 2009, when designers from Nice Architecs enrolled them into US competition. The main goal of this competition was to design fully mobile unit. However, they didn’t win, the response of the Internet make them continue to work on Ecocapsule.
“Ecocapsule is mobile and energy self-sufficient residential unit, that can be transported to place you want and live in it for some time to be away from civilization,” said one of the designers Tomáš Žáček.
The interior of this capsule is 8m² and has living space for two people. Inside you can find bed and table, both can fold, two chairs, bathroom with shower, small kitchen and fireplace as another option of cooking.
Central element of this mobile unit is its energy system. The rain water nicely flows down the outside “shell” and then it is collected and purified in tanks at the bottom. The water, which was made like this, is used in shower, toilet and in the kitchen. Electricity is provided by a solar membrane with photovoltaic cells on the body of the Ecocapsule and extended propeller. This means, that self-sufficiency is not just a fancy vision of architects.
“We know, that we have bulletproof numbers. It has never even come to our minds to present something that just “might work,” said another designer, who was working on this project, Soňa Pohlová.
Nice Architects are very well oriented in the world of mobile units, in which you can live. They also know, that potential investors are, as well, interested in competitors so they always have to be one step in front of everyone. They always say, why is their product the best. Some competitors have big problem with transportation in design of such unit. Another competitor doesn’t have a self-sufficient model or, a good old one , it is too expensive.
14+1 reasons why Ecocapsule is unique:
- If offers a long off-grid stay
- It brings civilization’s standards into the wilderness
- It has an energy sustainable shape
- It has low energy consumption
- It is easily transportable around the globe
- It can be connected with other capsules into a shared system
- Its performance can be evaluated already before the deployment
- It does not require any supporting infrastructure
- It has very short deployment time
- It is adaptable to any climate conditions
- It has customizable interior design and technical equipment
- It serves as both a living and a work unit
- It has a beautiful design
- It has an affordable price
- It is just awesome!
Ecocapsule interior (Interactive presentation):
Have you seen another awesome slovak project: The flying car? If you haven’t, check out this article: Flying Car in 2015. Is It Possible?
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