The firm Nice Architects of Bratislava, Slovakia is currently in the process of building a very interesting micro shelter. They are calling it the Ecocapsule, and, once completed, it will operate off-the-grid, boasting a lot of sustainable and green technologies. The company hopes to start selling these eco-friendly pods by the end of this year.
The Ecocapsule measures 175.9 x 94.7 x 97.9 in (446.8 x 240.7 x 248.7 cm) and has a floorspace of 86 sq ft (8 sq m), so it is indeed tiny. Despite itâ€™s modest size, the home features a small kitchen, a living/dining/working area, a toilet, shower, and a bed. The pod has 2 fully operable windows that let in plenty of light, and one door. The Ecocapsule can also be transported by a trailer. It works great as an extra bedroom, a tiny home, office, or a more glamorous alternative for those camping trips.
The sustainable technology incorporated into the design is quite impressive. The Ecocapsule will have a 28 sq ft (2.6 sq m) solar array mounted on the roof, with an integrated battery system. It will also be equipped with a 750 W wind turbine installed on a retractable pole. The home also features a composting toilet. There is also a rainwater collection and filtration system in place, which takes care of all the water needs, including drinking water.
The company will show the prototype at this yearâ€™s Pioneers festival in Vienna, Austria on May 28. They have not yet announced the price they plan to sell these units for, but they say it will be competitive. Itâ€™s certainly nice to see more and more such innovative, eco-friendly shelters popping up. This one looks like a great tent replacement, and it is interesting how they managed to integrate the solar panels right into the roof of the pod.