Ecocapsule: A micro-shelter with both solar and wind-powered advantages

Evocative of the shape of the well-received WaterNest 100, the Ecocapsule from Bratislava’s Nice Architects, is envisaged as a micro-shelter bolstered by a range off-grid attributes. These sustainable features include renewable energy generation via both solar power and wind power, along with rainwater collection systems. However, the best part arguably relates to the habitat’s ‘micro’ credentials that translate to dimensions of 175.9 x 94.7 x 97.9 in – or an floor area of just 86 sq ft (or 8 sq m). In essence, the Ecocapsule is the futuristic yet flexible version of a tiny house that can be hauled by trailers, while also accounting as a makeshift office/room.

To that end, the snugly arranged interior scope consists of a folding bed with complementary storage spaces, a work area accompanied by a dining space, a kitchenette and even a composting toilet (with shower). And all of these spatial zones are contained within a dwelling that weighs at just around 3,307 lbs (1500 kg).

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Of course, beyond just spatial capacity, we also mentioned something about Ecocapsule’s renewable credentials. These conform to a 2.6 sq m (28 sq ft) solar array (with 600 W capacity) on the roof that is connected to a built-in battery system, a 750 W wind turbine installed on a retractable pole, and the aforementioned rainwater collection (and filtration) system for provision of usable water in remote areas.

Interestingly, all of these fascinating features are presumably not limited to realm of conjecture, with the team behind the design already claiming the success of a working prototype. As for the commercial side of affairs, pre-orders will commence from the last part of this year, while physical deliveries are expected to start from early 2016.

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Source / Images Credit: Ecocapsule

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