The Ecocapsule, a revolution in green design

The Ecocapsule is widely celebrated as a revolution in green design. As a totally self-sustaining pod, it offers off-the-grid self-sufficient living for up to a year. The Bratislavan architecture company, Nice Architects, completed the Ecocapsule in 2015 capping off 7 years of hard work.


Its spacious design allows for two adults to enjoy the comforts of home with a snug bed, warm running water, and hot meals anywhere in the world. It also offers a toilet and shower with plenty of storage space.


In spite of all these luxuries it is small enough to be towed by a car, fit in a shipping container or

airlifted to wherever it is needed. On top of all this it only needs to be re-supplied once a year.


Its fittings

The Ecocapsule is powered by a built in 750w retractable wind turbine as well as 2.6m2 of solar panels. A dual power system as well as a high capacity battery bank provides electricity when there is reduced solar or wind activity.


Water is collected by running down the Ecocapsules spherical shape. It is then caught at the bottom where water filters allows for its optimal use.


Each pod is 2.55 meters high, 4.45 meters long and 2.25 meters wide. According to Nice Architectures the biggest challenge was to integrate all these different elements and still have some space left for two adults to live comfortably.


What are the uses?


The Ecocapsule is suitable for a wide range of applications such as:


  • Independent research stations
  • Tourist lodges
  • Emergency housing
  • Humanitarian action units


When will it be available?

Nice architectures is currently working on the production of the pod and plans to start with pre-orders by the end of 2015 while it aims to have its first units delivered by the beginning of 2016. They are also working on a chassis for a camper version and hope to have it ready by the end of 2016.
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