Architects to hatch Ecocapsule as low-energy house

Architects to hatch Ecocapsule as low-energy house

Where people call home depends on varied factors, from poverty level to personal philosophy to vanity to community pressure. Ecocapsule appears to be the result of special factors, a team of architects applying their skills and imaginations to make investors and consumers re-think what can be a home.

To be sure, a newer wave of environment-minded "green" architects have been thinking beyond traditional concepts toward showcased structures as "living solutions."

Ecocapsule is the work of a group called Nice Architects, a studio based in Bratislava, Slovakia. They worked out a concept of housing which is designed as energy-efficient. Their Ecocapsule drew the attention of several sites this week. Adam Williams in Gizmag talked about the structure on Thursday: "The big draw with this micro-home is the impressive sustainable technology that it promises. Packing a 2.6 sq m (28 sq ft) solar array on the roof, and an integrated battery system, Ecocapsule also sports a silent 750 W wind turbine that's set on a retractable pole. The bathroom includes a composting toilet and a shower, and a rainwater collection and filtration system offers ."

The interior according to the site pictures looks attractive and inviting. There is an entrance, living/working space, kitchenette, toilet and shower, and folding bed, all part of the deal. It is described as adequate enough for two people.

This is a portable house with an "immense off-grid life span," they said. Ecocapsule was designed as a living space that, in addition to a home, might even serve as an independent research station, tourist room unit, or emergency housing unit.

Architects to hatch Ecocapsule as low-energy house

The Ecocapsule is powered by a built-in wind turbine complemented with an array of solar cells. They said that the body of an Ecocapsule is covered with high-efficiency solar cells and a retractable pole holds a 750W wind turbine attached to the body. "This creates an energy system that can support you for almost an entire year in many off-grid locations," they said.

They also said the dual power system and a high-capacity battery "ensures that you will have enough power during periods of reduced solar or wind activity."

Architects to hatch Ecocapsule as low-energy house

Why the spherical shape? The architects chose the shape for collecting rainwater and dew. The built-in water filters allow people to use any water source. They did not yet put a price to this structure. They intend to start taking pre-orders and to announce the price later this year. They said they expect to deliver the first units in the first half of 2016. Ecocapsule, they added, can fit into any standard shipping container.

The team said the first public display of the Ecocapsule will take place at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna this month, which runs from May 28 to May 29. The Pioneers Festival is described as "Europe's major conference for tomorrow's ideas," where startups, investors and media meet.


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May 23, 2015
not sure why they don't add two wheels on the back and a hitch on the front for towing and it looks exactly like some of the 1950's era campers. Then you can be mobile with a vehicle where ever you go live.

May 23, 2015
double the size and make sure i can drag it with a small vehicle and i'll buy one

May 23, 2015
There's a few odd design elements, like the bathroom door that swings out into the kitchen and also partially into the aisle providing access to bedroom/dining/work area. Why not make it a sliding door?

May 23, 2015
a 20 - 40 ft container would be better, in almost every way.

https://www.bing....M=RESTAB

I'm still surprised such wasn't shipped to Haiti in the aftermath of the big quake.

May 23, 2015
Jeez...Back it away from that cliff. It looks like you are going over the falls in a barrel.

May 23, 2015
But does it get broadband?
(and dont say satellite)

May 24, 2015
Concrete monolithic domes make more sense:

http://www.monoli...rg/homes

May 24, 2015
@topcat

Yah they're still being made.
http://www.airstr...railers/

-They're cheaper (except by RV standards), more useful, and more comfortable. But not more intellectually stylish or pretentious.

May 24, 2015
It looks quite heavily insulated,so a small AC unit should keep you cool in Australia.Makes me think of SIP homes that are very economical to heat/cool: http://www.net-ze...ons.html

May 24, 2015
Great comments!

I side with the notion this should be a trailer and/or technology adoptable for new and existing trailers. It's too minimalist for the general populace (much less, married with children).


May 24, 2015
otto - Look up my post about twenty years ago about "pods". (I even found it in Hungarian on the net). I offered it as a chance to drop a pod anywhere, in the jungle, savannas, mountaintops, and be secure and self-sustainable, and have the ability to leave with little effect on the environment. It was to be for scientists.

Yes, we had the technologies to do it then, but now can do it better. It relies on the integration of alternative energy systems and other processes.

You won't like it.

May 24, 2015
Why not make it a sliding door?
@Barakn
asked that about an RV once: i was told that it is harder to secure sliding doors during travel (and that when turning sharp the lock can often release causing the door to be damaged, or other things in the way)
also was told that a sliding door is not always viable because of the space required for the door to slide into the wall (although it takes room to swing one out, too)
mostly it was about securing the door during transit, though, according to the manufacturer of my current camper

But does it get broadband?
(and dont say satellite)
@adam_russell_9615
check out most Marine/Boat magazines and you will find various equipment for mobile broadband/internet/Satellite transceivers for limited power systems,boats and camping (and worldwide travel)

not always cheap, but it IS available


May 24, 2015
a sliding door is not always viable because of the space required for the door to slide into the wall (although it takes room to swing one out, too)


In this case it would be impossible because of the roof curve. A door swinging or sliding outwards from the center would hit the ceiling from the inside.

That said, here's one from the 1950's: http://investigac...ouse.jpg

Those were actual full size homes made of prefabricated plastic or metal modules.


May 24, 2015
Why not make it a sliding door?
@Barakn
asked that about an RV once: i was told that it is harder to secure sliding doors during travel (and that when turning sharp the lock can often release causing the door to be damaged, or other things in the way)
also was told that a sliding door is not always viable because of the space required for the door to slide into the wall (although it takes room to swing one out, too)
mostly it was about securing the door during transit, though, according to the manufacturer of my current camper

But does it get broadband?
(and dont say satellite)
@adam_russell_9615
check out most Marine/Boat magazines and you will find various equipment for mobile broadband/internet/Satellite transceivers for limited power systems,boats and camping (and worldwide travel)

not always cheap, but it IS available


I asked you not to say satellite. It IS available, but not without high latency.

May 25, 2015
"otto - Look up my post about twenty years ago about "pods". (I even found it in Hungarian on the net). I offered it as a chance to drop a pod anywhere, in the jungle, savannas, mountaintops, and be secure and self-sustainable, and have the ability to leave with little effect on the environment. It was to be for scientists.

Yes, we had the technologies to do it then, but now can do it better. It relies on the integration of alternative energy systems and other processes.

You won't like it."

-So you're a genius once again because you thought of something that umpteen million people had also thought of? This is known as the 'Returners syndrome'.

Do a little research. You won't like it.


May 25, 2015
otto does not like it when others do things he cannot do, or had never even thought of. Did he find the article in Hungarian?

May 25, 2015
Nice re-introduction of an older concept that was forward looking in its time. However the fusion of prior foresight without enabling technology with present newly discovered and engineered materials and technology brings to plausible practical fruition this older concept. This could have applications in outposts of colonies of other worlds of our system as well with some tweaks as to size and needs like airlocks, dust filtering clean rooms compact in size, etc. I am thinking of Mars, sports fans. It is windy on Mars so that air turbo with larger blades but a bit flimsier construction...etc. You other readers with more imagination than I please fill in.

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