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As we continue to ruin our planet by ripping out everything we possibly can, more and more people are entertaining the idea of living differently–and by differently, I mean off the grid. There are, after all, more ways to power a lightbulb than just by plugging it into the city’s power grid.

With the idea of living sustainably comes the increasing popularity of tiny homes. My mum used to tell me that she didn’t need more space, she needed less stuff. She’s a smart woman. A Slovakian Architecture company called Nice Architects recently built a tiny little house that allows the owner to live completely off the grid in a perfectly laid out living area that has a serious emphasis on minimalism.

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Coined the “Ecocapsule”, the little egg shaped home is full of amazing ideas. For starters, it’s small enough to tow, coming in at just under 15 feet long and 8 feet wide. And if you happen to have an electric car, it can charge it for you.  The whole thing runs on wind and solar energy, storing power in a 9,744 watt-hour battery. It uses a 750 watt wind turbine and solar panels so effective that, as long is you’re not in an area completely devoid of sunshine, you’re set.

ecocapsule-interior

When it comes to water, the Ecocapsule is genius. Using a rainwater catchment system, the little trailer has a toilet, hot shower, and a little kitchen with running water. Of course, it’s not going to come cheap, although it’s much cheaper than buying real home, unless you’re buying one in Detroit. Pre-orders for shipping in mid 2016 are opening up in the next few weeks, and the capsules are probably going to be somewhere in the $90,000 range.



  • Richard Pozzuto

    Ridiculously expensive for something with such limited usefulness that will eventually break or need repair or end up in a junk heap. Even if recycled how sustainable or sane making is living in such a teency space? Perhaps as a dormitory in community with larger community buildings. I think this concept is dehumanizing. Where would my two cats sleep? Yuck to this idea. I think it’s de-evolutionary. Humanity is worth more than this. If you don’t believe that, by all means suffer. We CAN live rich and comfortable lives without destroying each other or the environment. This doesn’t bring us closer to that end. It has the notion of sacrifice and low-havingness built into it. If that is your game, by all means indulge. But this would have to be at least 5 times bigger to even be considered by someone who actually loves life and their fellow human beings.

    • DF

      don’t put your social constructs on the rest of us

      • Richard Pozzuto

        Sorry. I guess it was kind of mean. I’ve heard so much about these tiny homes and every time I look at one I cringe. I don’t get it. Shrinking the concept of living in an industrialized society down to encapsulating oneself in a life-support chamber doesn’t feel like “living” to me. It’s more surviving. I’m all for living off the grid, and in fact it’s my dream too. But this would never work for me. When I saw the price tag it just seemed all that much more absurd. You could spend that money and build a really nice straw/mud home with a Tesla solar recharge battery and a gray water capture system. Who does this appeal to? And what is appealing about it to them?

        • geechdavies

          cringe

    • Petethedutchman

      agreed. This is fantastic as an idea for someone who has never built a home, but all of us who have gone through the process know that this is a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid idea. Your home needs to be scalable, otherwise it will just get thrown on the trash-heap when you grow out of your twenties.

  • at 90k its going to stay photoshop only for awhile,,hehe

  • Brick

    This is stupid “male dream” with no concept of life expectancy of key components nor of the environmental damage done to create such an isolationist and jackass concept, nor of its use. So having bought one I am to park it on a beach? Perhaps at Walmart? And what kind of job or relationship with local community can I sustain with one of these. I need to walk to work, I will need to harvest food from a grocery store ….oh well I guess its just an idea for a silly glossy magazine. Richard Pozzuto, you are to soft with your comments. This is just a lovely looking but stupid idea.

    • geechdavies

      and

  • Oblate Onion

    $90,000. WOW! I will just go and buy an old bus, put some solar panels on the roof and buy a wind charger. I will be waaay out in front!

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