The idea of living peacefully in nature while having a hi-tech roof over your head doesn’t seem like a sci-fi dream anymore. From now on, down-shifters and nature-lovers must be on cloud nine thanks to a solution that makes it possible to live in reasonable comfort both in Alaska and on the wild beach. An egg-shaped sensation designed by a Slovakian studio called Nice Architects marries compactness and energy efficiency, and offers literally off-the-grid and off-the-pipe dwelling in any location that lacks cozy or cheap accommodations.
Dubbed Ecocapsule, it looks like a tiny alien spacecraft from the outside, yet the interior resembles a ship cabin. A warm folding bed, a kitchenette with running water, a toilet that collects bio-waste and a hot shower are the luxuries this micro-residence provides in the wilderness. It can perfectly accommodate two adults and is claimed to be absolutely self-sustaining.
The oval aerodynamic shape is optimized for rainwater collection that is filtered afterwards. A built-in wind turbine and solar cells power the Ecocapsule while a high-capacity battery ensures that the mini-home is provided with energy during low solar and wind activity.
Despite looking extremely nice, modern and fully equipped, experts couldn’t help but wonder how this station would be maintained without any supporting infrastructure. Also, the design definitely lacks wheels that would considerably facilitate transportation.
Anyway, it still looks like a wonderful portable home idea that can be used as a research station, a tourist lodge or an emergency housing unit pretty much in any place where the battery can be recharged and food supplied.