conceived by nice&wise, a design studio formerly known as nice architects, the ‘ecocapsule’ is a low-energy, mobile dwelling packed into a compact egg-shaped form. despite its relatively small size, the energy-efficient pod is capable of comfortably accommodating two adults. a built-in kitchenette offers running water, while the structure also contains a flushing toilet and hot shower — allowing occupants to live in a home-like atmosphere. in addition to a folding bed, the ecocapsule also features plenty of storage space for sporting or research equipment.

 

in 2015, the ecocapsule was a shortlisted entry of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, the prestigious international competition that targets up-and-coming creators from around the world. see the winning entries from 2015 here.

 

 

james corden tries out the ‘wandering hotel’ / video courtesy of chase

 

 

since original plans for the project were released in 2015, ecocapsule — the company producing the eponymous self-sustainable micro-home — has been working to receive financial backing. now, with the help of a group of international investors, the start-up will become an established company with the next phase of final prototyping and testing set to get underway. it is hoped that the first units will be in production by the end of 2017. the first, exclusive edition of ecocapsules is limited to 50 pieces, while the second, mass produced edition will be available for a lower price.

ecocapsule: the self-sustainable micro-home readies for production launch
all images courtesy of ecocapsule

 

 

each ecocapsule is powered by a built-in turbine complemented by an array of photovoltaic cells, while a high-capacity battery ensures enough power is retained during periods of reduced solar or wind activity. furthermore, the design’s spherical shape is optimized for the collection of rainwater and dew, with built-in water filters allowing the inhabitant to utilize any water source. the entire unit fits into a standard shipping container and no special preparations and precautions are necessary to transport the product worldwide. in fact, the ecocapsule can be shipped, airlifted, towed or even pulled by a pack animal.

ecocapsule: the self-sustainable micro-home readies for production launch
the egg-shaped pod can be relocated to an infinite number of destinations

nice architects ecocapsule low energy off grid house designboom
though small in size, each unit comfortably houses two adults

ecocapsule: the self-sustainable micro-home readies for production launch
the design encourages off-grid living

ecocapsule: the self-sustainable micro-home readies for production launch
it is hoped that the first units will be in production by the end of 2017

nice architects ecocapsule low energy off grid house designboom
the dwelling is powered by a built-in turbine complemented with an array of photovoltaic cells

 

 

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