So, where did you escape to this Memorial Day Weekend?
With Ecocapsule, an off-grid hideaway concept out of Slovakia that resembles an inhabitable PedEgg, solace-seeking vacationers and vagabonds can pretty much go pretty much anywhere that their hearts desire provided they have a trailer, flatbed truck or pack animal to transport this petite ovoid shelter that promises “dwelling with the spirit of freedom.”
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First spotted over at Gizmag, Ecocapsule (not to be confused with the similarly spherical and self-sufficient Exbury Egg) is the creation of Bratislava-based design studio Nice Architects, a fresh-faced firm that abides by a “Love and Logic” ethos. That is, the team, headed by Tomas and Igor Zacek along with Sona Pohlova, “create out of love and never make something that does not make sense.”
And indeed, Ecocapsule makes perfect sense for wanderlust-stricken, non-claustrophobic adventurers who are up for hunkering down in a teeny-tiny living space that cleverly crams a whole lot of functionality into a minimal amount of square footage (there’s a mere 86-square-feet of floor space). With room to fit — and sleep — two not-too-tall adults, Ecocapsule includes a kitchenette, folding bed, a combination work/dining area, separate bathroom compartment with a shower and toilet and ample storage space for “all your sport or research equipment.”
Backing up a minute to the all-important bathroom issue, the folks at Nice Architects claim that the toilet is indeed a flush model, just one of several “luxuries of a hotel room that are now also available in wilderness.” (Gizmodo clarifies that it’s a composting toilet).
So where exactly is the running water coming from?
As mentioned, Ecocapsule operates completely off-grid with its spherical shape enabling optimum rainwater collection. The curiously shaped micro-shelter also includes integrated water filters for users to “utilize any water source” wherever it happens to be plopped down for a spell.
In terms of energy, the roof of the Ecocapsule is clad with a 28-square-foot, 600-watt capacity photovoltaic array that harnesses clean, renewable energy from the sun. There’s also a 750-watt wind turbine attached to the body of the unit on a retractable pole. The team at Nice claim that the solar and wind systems combined “can support you almost an entire year in many off-grid locations.”
Weighing a little over 3,300 pounds and measuring less than 15-feet long, the sticker price for an individual, fully equipped Ecocapsule has yet to be ironed out although Nice has provided some overseas shipping estimates. New Yorkers can expect to fork over about 1800 euros (a little under $2,000) for shipping from Ecocapsule HQ in Slovakia.
Pricing is to be announced toward the end of this year at which point pre-orders will commence. Nice anticipates that shipping will begin during the first half of 2016.
Those craving a sneak peak of the Ecocapsule prototype unit can do so at the fifth annual Pioneers Festival, a kind of tech- and science-driven hoedown (think: a brainer Euro take on SXSW) that kicks off the end of this month at Hofburg Palace in Vienna.
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