Week 14a–Ecocapsule

Happened to see this little interesting device in an architecture website. It is called Ecocapsule. As a low-energy housing machine, it is packed into a compact form to minimize its volume as well as designed like an egg, which is an energy efficient shape. It has the capability to run without electricity due to its solar and wind power generation system. Meanwhile, with the luxury interior the users can sleep on a warm bed, work and study as well as cook a hot meal.

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FIG. 1
The low energy consumption is packed into a compact form. (Nice Architect)

Each Ecocapsule is able to hold two adults, built-in kitchenette with running water, flushing toilet and hot shower are luxuries of a hotel room that are now also available in wilderness, accompanied with an internal and an external storage.

As for the energy, it is powered by a built-in wind turbine complemented with an array of solar cells. Dual power system and a high-capacity battery ensures that the users will have enough power during periods of reduced solar or wind activity.

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FIG. 2
Environmental strategies. (Nice Architect)

Actually, the research into low energy mobile home has never been stopped. In the United States, this form of housing goes back to the early years of cars and motorized highway travel. It was derived from the travel trailer (often referred to during the early years as “house trailers” or “trailer coaches”), a small unit with wheels attached permanently, often used for camping or extended travel.

In my point of view, the Ecocapsule could be regarded as a variant or evolution of the traditional mobile home. As the diagram illustrates, it is easy to be transported and can be laid in various positions. With the internal water filter, the rain water can be collected and purified for the users. It is like a personal Noah’s Ark of the future in the reflective and solar cell covered outfit.

Mobile homes are front and centre in the new debate on affordable housing and smaller homes. As the country moves towards fiscal responsibility(Frank Rolfe, 2015), maybe the home of tomorrow will be a smaller one – like the Ecocapsule or even a mobile home in a mobile home park – that can be more sustainable and energy. Maybe the national fatal attraction for giant homes is over, and we can usher in a new era with the future popularization of mobile home.
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FIG. 3
Compact interior but can house two adults. (Nice Architect)
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FIG. 4
Adaptation to different geographical conditions (Nice Architect)
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FIG. 5 Layout of the Ecocapsule (Nice Architect)

Reference:

Nice Architect, 2015, ‘Ecocapsule: Dwelling with the spirit of freedom’, viewed 7 May 2015, <http://www.ecocapsule.sk/ecocapsule>

Frank Rolfe, 2015, ‘Is the Future McMansion a Mobile Home?’ viewed 7 May 2015, <http://www.nuwireinvestor.com/articles/is-the-future-mcmansion-a-mobile-home-62639.aspx>

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