By Valerie Howes | June 10, 2015
The tiny-house movement has been gaining traction ever since U.S.-based architect Sarah Susanka published her bestseller The Not So Big House almost two decades ago. And a growing number of people are rejecting the mortgage trap to live pared-down lives in 100- to 400-square-foot spaces. But in early 2016, the small-minded can go next level, in an off-the-grid, 86-square-foot micro-house.
Slovakian architecture firm Nice Architects Studio is taking pre-orders for its Ecocapsule, “the world’s first truly independent micro-home.” The egg-shaped dwelling for two has a sleeping area, kitchenette, workspace, compostable toilet and shower room. Its spherical form collects rainwater and morning dew, which membrane water filters purify, to make them potable. Solar panels and a silent wind turbine power the micro-house, with a manual water pump for back-up.
“There were always caravans with solar cells and small houses with wind turbines, but we’ve combined the two and added energy-retention capabilities,” says partner-architect Igor Zacek, who co-designed the Ecocapsule with five colleagues. “It’s not rocket science, but nobody did this before us.”
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