Designed by the Slovak firm Nice Architects, the Ecocapsule heralds the caravan of the future: a nomadic, self-sufficient space.
Ecodesigned, this autonomous mini home uses renewable energy. It reinvents wilderness camping – with a luxury version!
Enjoying the comfort of a mini hotel suite in the middle of the desert, the steppes or tundra should soon be possible. In Bratislava in Slovakia, Nice Architects have designed the Ecocapsule: condensed design packed with technology in a nomadic environmentally friendly space for two. The compact, oblong shape is eye-catching This mini construction - 2.55 m high by 4.45 m long and 2.25 m wide and weighing 1200 kg empty - is bathed in the light streaming in through the two windows that open for ventilation.
Rainwater collection, solar panels and a wind turbine on the roof
The Ecocapsule’s metal shell hides a kitchenette, bed, storage space, toilet - and even a shower with hot water! It can also recharge smartphones and tablets any time, any place and in any weather. The Ecocapsule has an ingenious rainwater collection and filtration system optimized by the spherical shaped walls. A 2.6 m2 photovoltaic panel heats water, and a 750 watt wind turbine provides electricity. When the sun or wind are lacking, a large capacity battery releases the surplus energy it has stored. The metal egg is therefore self-sufficient for two people for a year.
Wheels and marketing
But before deciding on your next destination on Google Maps and becoming a globetrotter with a reduced environmental impact, you’ll have to wait for the Ecocapsule to hatch. It is still in the prototype stage. According to its designers, it could soon be on the market. For the time being it has to be transported in a shipping container or on a trailer. Before really becoming a caravan, you’ll have to wait for the wheeled version, coming in 2016.
Main picture: THOMAS MANINA