Let’s be honest here, we all go through different phases in life. I know for me, when I was younger, I dreamt of living in some huge mansion with boats, cars, an enormous pool and front lawn, and a room for every one of my hobbies. Well now that I’m an adult with responsibilities and a thirst for adventure, knowledge, and self discovery I’ve realized that my priorities have changed with age. While I probably would not complain if I had the means to acquire these materialistic objects, the reality is that they are completely unnecessary and can sometimes cloud our sight on what’s important in life. As I get older, I find myself wanting to get rid of my things, simplify my life a little so I can just up and go wherever my heart desires. Some days I put off everything, grab my kayak, and head to the lake for a day of solitude and relaxation. Some days I have to forgo this option just to mow my lawn or clean my floors. Combine all of the regular maintenance with a large home and the bills associated with gas, water, electricity, and you find yourself filling your time just to keep up with what you own. It becomes harder and harder to find free time to enjoy life and experience all that is around you.
Aside from the personal struggles we have to keep up with these large properties, take a look at the dramatic effect we are having on our communities. They are becoming so over populated that emissions and smog, they are becoming a serious problem globally. We are constantly trying to meet the demands of the exponentially growing use of the world’s resources. It’s time to reevaluate our priorities and start thinking of long-term solutions to these issues that will eventually have detrimental effects on this amazing planet.
A Bratislava based company called Nice Architects is looking towards the future and wants to make an impact on convenient and sustainable living dwellings that will allow for a very wide range of applications. They have designed the Ecocapsule, which is designed to offer sustainable living for up to a year. While this isn’t a permanent solution, it is a start in the right direction.
I don’t know about you, but I would be much happier camping in something like this over a giant 5th wheel that requires days of preparation and hundreds of dollars in fuel and supplies just to enjoy a weekend. Not to mention the size of most campers limits where you can go. You’ll typically be locked into a parking lot along with hundreds of other people who call it “camping”. The Ecocapsule is small, light, and yet, can still comfortably house two adults.
The Ecocapsule can be transported almost anywhere. It has a built in wind turbine, a roof lined with solar panels, a very powerful battery storage system, and the egg shape allows rain and dew to be collected underneath. This water storage has a built-in filtration system offering fresh, clean water and hot showers. The Ecocapsule has everything you would need to sustain yourself comfortably for up to a year.
This design might still be a little small for some of you. For me, the size would allow me to ignore any distractions keeping me from the world around me. If you feel cramped, go outside and get some fresh air. Take in the views and the sights around you.
The batteries are very powerful and will still provide power if there is no sun or wind, powering the Ecocapsule. There are many applications for the Ecocapsule other than off-grid living and camping. Research groups and scientists can use this pretty much anywhere in the world. They can be deployed in the event of a natural disaster or it can be used in an emergency for immediate shelters for citizens without homes.
The Ecocapsule contains a built-in kitchenette with running water, a flushing toilet, and a shower with hot water. It can sleep up to two adults comfortably and has plenty of storage for gear or research tools. “The biggest challenge was to integrate all the different technologies into the small body of the pod and still have some space left for people,” Nice Architects said.
Because of the solar panels on the roof, you can actually charge your electric car while driving if you are towing the Ecocapsule. This will drastically extend the range of your electric car allowing you to travel further and longer. They are not fully set on the toilet design just yet. They have simplified the flushing toilet with a composting toilet but are still working on a better design.
The Ecocapsule will be available for pre-order at the end of this year. Buyers can expect delivery in early 2016. The Ecocapsule can easily fit inside of a shipping container and be sent anywhere around the world. They are working on the final designs of the camper version that will have wheels and should be available around the same time.
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The image above sums it all up in my opinion. There are many scientific and emergency applications for the Ecocapsule but for me, I just want to enjoy it. It seems like it would be a very comfortable and eco-friendly solution to camping that will leave behind only footprints and tire tracks. The fact that you can live in this comfortably for up to a year means that you don’t really have to worry about many supplies other than food. I did just find a really good brand of MRE’s (dehydrated meals ready to eat), so I think I’ll be alright.
This is a step in the right direction, Nice Architects has made sustainable living sexy! With a design like this one implementing a sleek modern design full of creature comforts it would be an easy transition for the glampers, as well as the rustic adventurers like me who head out for a weekend with just a backpack of gear. The fact that this Ecocapsule can sustain itself for up to a year is absolutely incredible. You don’t have to worry about traveling to town for supplies, water, or fuel. Your free to enjoy your surroundings and the beauty of the world in a very comfortable Ecocapsule!