You Can Finally Buy an Ecocapsule Micro Home in the U.S.

You Can Finally Buy an Ecocapsule Micro Home in the U.S.

The tiny pod home can harvest all of its own energy and water—and it just officially launched in Times Square during NYCxDesign.

In 2009, Nice Architects entered a design competition to create a small house for an artist. Their submission didn’t end up winning the contest, but did garner international attention—and subsequently, public inquiries to purchase the design.

The technology wasn't quite there in 2009, but Nice Architects completed a 88-square-foot prototype five years later—and today, the self-sufficient Ecocapsule is finally available for purchase in the United States. To mark the debut, the company just installed an Ecocapsule in Times Square during NYCxDesign.

The Ecocapsule is a mobile, self-sufficient micro home that utilizes solar and wind energy. It was designed by Nice & Wise (formerly Nice Architects), a studio in Slovakia.

The Ecocapsule has a steel frame, a fiberglass body, and high-quality polyurethane foam insulation, which helps it "achieve a performance almost at the level of a passive house," says the company.

The Ecocapsule is outfitted with rooftop solar panels and a wind turbine, and it stores energy in a high-capacity battery. It also has a plug to allow for external charging if needed. The tiny house can collect water from rain or a nearby river or lake, and then filter it to produce clean, drinkable water.

The Ecocapsule sleeps 1-2 people, and it has a lot of storage packed into its small footprint.

At one end is a petite kitchenette. All the faucets have filters to provide clean drinking water. The toilet employs a waterless, separating waste disposal system.

"At first, Ecocapsule was intended as a frontier dwelling," says the company, but its self-sufficiency and ease of transport makes it attractive for all kinds of off-grid uses, such as emergency response and disaster relief. In those cases, "The capsule can serve as a small power plant and water filtration unit," says the company.

The bathroom has its own sink.

The Ecocapsule fits inside a standard shipping container, and it’s lightweight enough to be towed on a trailer by a passenger car.

50 limited-edition Ecocapsules are currently available for roughly $89,000 each. The company plans to offer a mass-produced series of pod homes later this year at a lower price point. If you'd like to view the Ecocapsule in Times Square in real time, check out this video feed from Earthcam

The Ecocapsule can also be installed on rooftops to provide housing in high-rent areas. 

Ecocapsule Floor Plan


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