Finally, a tiny home that let's you go totally off-grid and be completely self-sustainable -- no plumbing or electrical to deal with, yet you get a kitchen, hot showers and a flushing toilet.
Ecocapsule, a new kind of micro-house, is powered entirely by solar and wind energy and is now taking orders.
The capsule, made by a Slovakian company called Nice Architects, comes pre-made and ready to house two adults. It can be used as a cottage, pop-up hotel, caravan, as refugee accommodation, and even as a charging station for electric cars.
Nice studio says it's also a great option for scientists needing accommodation while in the field researching. And that's where the original 2008 concept started: as a “frontier dwelling” for scientists, photographers, rangers, or extreme tourists who wanted to set up camp in the great outdoors. Since then, it's purpose has evolved.
Thankfully, this isn't the kind of release that forgets about its Australian customers. The first generation edition is now ready to order and costs $125,000 (EUR79,900) and shipping to Australia is around $3000 (EUR1900).
You can move it from place to place by hitching it to a truck, plonking it onto a boat, or apparently, hooking it onto a helicopter (the less-than-90-square-foot capsule is light enough for air transport).
How it works
It's made from insulated fibreglass shells and an aluminium framework and comes with a 750 watt wind turbine (that can produce electricity 24 hours a day) and 600 watts of solar. It's the built-in wind turbine and the solar cells that coat its exterior that provide the power.
Its egg shape isn't just about a futuristic look, either: it prevents heat loss and aids in the collection of rainwater. This water comes in through the roof and is filtered.
Its designers say it’s able to function for almost an entire year off the grid.
Inside, blonde woods and light colours enhance the feeling of space. In the bedroom (below), a sofa folds down into a bed.
The first order is capped at 50 pods only. So if this sort of thing floats your, er, capsule, then get in quick