new zealand native builds solar powered, smartphone-controlled skysphere
new zealand native builds solar powered, smartphone-controlled skysphere new zealand native builds solar powered, smartphone-controlled skysphere
jul 24, 2015

new zealand native builds solar powered, smartphone-controlled skysphere

new zealand native builds solar powered, smartphone-controlled skysphere
all images courtesy of jono williams




new zealand native jono williams has built himself a habitable ‘skysphere‘ that is powered by the sun and activated by the use of smartphone apps. a cylindrical space is enclosed by a 2meter high, 360 degree viewing window that offers panoramic views of the surrounding natural landscape. the rounded interior is supported by a towering steel column that spears through its core — a simple and multipurpose architectural element that can be adapted to virtually any environment. a narrow shape is cut into the side of the pillar, revealing a ladder that leads up to the top floor. encompassing the ‘apartment’ level are a a series of steel arcs that form a sphere that hovers above ground. these rods each feature a row of solar panels that bring the energy from the sun inside the luminous circular chamber.

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the apartment level sits inside a steel sphere that hovers above ground




once inside, domestic elements are outfitted with technological controls and applications. these systems include a fingerprint entry motorized door; refrigerated, in-couch beer dispenser; solar powered management system; miracast projector; wireless sound system; and computer generated voice dialogs. williams has also built a custom queen size bed, added dimmable, colored mood LED lighting, high speed internet, a central ladder for entry and a rooftop starview platform.

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a custom built queen size bed is placed along the window wall

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the apartment includes a refrigerated, in-couch beer dispenser

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the ‘skysphere’ overlooks the surrounding natural landscape

skysphere jono williams
a 360 degree window offers panoramic views

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the habitat is supported by a steel structure that towers above the earth

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rows of solar panels are attached to steel rods, bringing energy and illumination to the interior

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LED mood lights shine by night

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construction phases underway

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initial building of the ‘skysphere’

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the early construction phases of the building

  • where’s the bathroom?

    Filip says:
  • This cannot have been inexpensive, how much?

    Ross young says:

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