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Modern Off Grid Tiny House Powered by Solar and Wind

This modern off grid tiny house is powered by solar and wind. It’s called the Ecocapsule.

It’s a creation of a Slovakian company called Nice Architects and it’s designed to house up to two adults.

Inside you’ll even find a kitchenette, toilet, shower, and it all fits in a 14.6′ long by 7.4′ wide structure. Please enjoy the tour, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Modern Off Grid Tiny House Powered by Solar and Wind

Modern Off Grid Tiny House Powered by Solar and Wind Ecocapsule by Nice Architects

Images © EcoCapsule/NiceArchitects

Modern Off Grid Tiny House Powered by Solar and Wind Ecocapsule by Nice Architects

Modern Off Grid Tiny House Powered by Solar and Wind Ecocapsule by Nice Architects

Modern Off Grid Tiny House Powered by Solar and Wind Ecocapsule by Nice Architects

Modern Off Grid Tiny House Powered by Solar and Wind Ecocapsule by Nice Architects

Modern Off Grid Tiny House Powered by Solar and Wind Ecocapsule by Nice Architects

Modern Off Grid Tiny House Powered by Solar and Wind Ecocapsule by Nice Architects

Images © EcoCapsule/NiceArchitects

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  • Cahow June 5, 2015, 7:46 am

    This wee capsule just PROVES that a micro house CAN & DOES have an indoor LOO!!!! So many micro homes skip the need to have a loo indoors, opting to use “Granny’s” in the main house of the land they are living upon.

    We would have loved this bitsy abode years ago when we went to Galena to ski. Everything you need and then some. 😀

    • Alex June 5, 2015, 9:57 am

      Thanks Cahow! Yes! These little capsule homes seem great for adventures like skiing, etc. 😀

  • tina June 5, 2015, 10:40 am

    Just curious on how much one of these eco capsule is??

  • Lynnette June 5, 2015, 11:57 am

    Not for the claustrophobic. <—–me!

    • Eric June 7, 2016, 4:04 am

      Lynnette, being claustrophobic, would that rule you out of virtually every tiny home? Not criticising, just wondering.

      It’s perfectly fine to be not able to have a tiny home but love looking at them.

  • Terrie C. Williams June 5, 2015, 12:00 pm

    These are just too cool! These pods would make great tiny homes for homeless people or a great little camphouse on one’s own or someone else’s property. If these could be built for a REASONABLE price (50-75K is NOT reasonable for a homeless or low income person)…it would make a dent in the homeless/low income housing problem.

  • Mieke June 5, 2015, 12:23 pm

    Really beautiful and brilliant, I aould like to have one.
    I believe these capsules are meant to stay longtime on far away locations, but what to do with the grey water?
    Just put it outside??

    • Eric June 7, 2016, 4:06 am

      Grey water outside is for the most part fine. Black water, well that’s a whole ‘nother story.

  • Karen R June 5, 2015, 12:39 pm

    So many uses for these if produced at a reasonable cost. Larger sizes could also be built or pods joined together.

  • Larry Schoenemann June 5, 2015, 1:10 pm

    Very innovative, love how all the basic needs being taken care of. Wish this product was in the United States, so that I could experience the product first hand.

  • Lisa E. June 5, 2015, 1:30 pm

    How are these transported? Do they have wheels up underneath and a tow bar with stabilizers? Or can they be placed on some kind of a trailer along the lines of a racing sulky? I love the notion of these for immediate humanitarian relief in disaster areas, and an instant home for the homeless; especially in the dead of winter. As long as these could be purchased for a very reasonable price, they would be wonderful to have. I’m not sure about them as weekend getaway lodgings, though. Do we really want the forests full of Mork from Ork eggs? I don’t know. But I certainly love them for beach cabanas!

  • Elizabeth Rubio June 5, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Spectacular! A sleek and modern nest with all essentials provided for. A surprising amount of storage space; it looks as though there is even space under the bed. I wonder how the bed folds up.

  • Brian June 5, 2015, 2:42 pm

    Very rarely does a tiny house get me excited as this one does. What a wonderful resource for homeless people and what a superb design.
    Thankyou so much for sharing. Cheers from Australia

  • Johanna Wong June 5, 2015, 2:59 pm

    Wow, this looks like it could do double-duty on a Mars mission. Modern, slick yet lovely. Well done!

  • CathyAnn June 5, 2015, 3:20 pm

    Wow! Put that design on wheels and it would make a fabulous travel trailer, very aerodynamic.

  • Mark June 5, 2015, 4:34 pm

    Wow .. what a practical and sustainable concept .. looks a bit like a trekky escape pod or for an orkan (nanoo nanoo, beam me up Scotty) but that’s definitely not a bad thing .. I’m guessing they’d be lightweight and durable too .. great for a huge range of applications .. Any ideas on cost or how transportable they are?

  • Mark June 5, 2015, 4:41 pm

    .. To answer my own and others questions, here are the FAQ’s from the Eco capsule website ..

    What is the price of the Ecocapsule?
    Price of the Ecocapsule will be announced in the last quarter of the 2015.

    Status of the project?
    We finished functional prototype and we are currently busy with preparation of the production.

    When will be Ecocapsule available for purchase?
    We will start taking pre-orders in the last quarter of the 2015. We expect to start delivering first produced units in the first half of the 2016.

    Shipping price?
    Ecocapsule can fit info standard shipping container, keeping shipping cost low.

    Camper version?
    We are still developing chassis for the capsule and hopefully we will be ready in late 2016.

    Custom versions?
    We will be initially offering one version of the Ecocapsule. Later we will extend our offer with more customization options.

    Where can we see it?
    First public display of the Ecocapsule will be during Pioneers festival in Vienna (28-29th May 2015). Later it will be displayed in Slovak national pavilion at Expo 2015(TBA).

    Basic specs:

    Dimensions: (HxLxW)2.55×4.45×2.25m/4.5m with extended pole
    Weigh: 1500kg
    Installed power output: wind 750W solar 600W
    Battery capacity: 9744Wh

  • Kathleen June 5, 2015, 5:17 pm

    My favorite part is the beanie propeller, I mean wind turbine, on each one. The solar panels on the top are a clever touch.

  • PedroM June 5, 2015, 6:23 pm

    Beautiful design and futuristic concept, love the clean style, nice and roomy, is there a family size style? Would love to see something like that for families.

  • Allen CLARKE June 5, 2015, 6:51 pm

    I want one of these

  • Louise June 5, 2015, 7:54 pm

    I love this little house. One person with a pet or 2 could be happy living in one of these.

  • Varenikje June 5, 2015, 8:22 pm

    Looks like something out of 2001 a space odyssey. Is that right? 2001? I must be older than I thought.

  • Danielle June 5, 2015, 8:58 pm

    Wow, I love this! Anyone know what they cost?

  • Dianne Longson June 5, 2015, 11:16 pm

    Wow these are fabulous. From the photos it looks like they work in any climate. Are they heated/cooled?
    I want one!

  • Theo June 6, 2015, 1:10 am

    The solar and wind power is great. The pods look like something out of a science fiction move, a bad science fiction movie. Personally I think a yurt design would be much more appealing, at least it would be to me.

  • Kosch June 6, 2015, 1:37 am

    These are great! We have owned a Casita trailer for years and I lived in it for a couple of years when I worked away from home. These remind me of that trailer, but with the self sufficiency of wind and solar.

  • jane June 6, 2015, 3:53 am

    The pod looks great-could be used as homeless city shelter, mountain hut, holiday vilage etc?

  • Enid June 6, 2015, 4:13 am

    The egg shape was what was MOST appealing to me. We had an Audiologist who came to a rural health clinic twice a month, He used an egg shaped chair to block out sound for his testing. On days he wasn’t in the other doctors would take a few minutes to sit in it. You just felt so refreshed, cutting out the rest of the world almost a back to the womb experience. I would recommend if you get this you find some way to keep all technology out. Maybe hook your car up with the internet and take your phone calls there. This is serious peaceful.

  • SUSIE June 6, 2015, 5:30 am

    I thought it was ingenios…I went to the website to read more about it…it didnt say what it weighed however it did say it could be pulled by a pack animal..so quite lite I think…collects and filters rain water..kit and bath have running water…shower, toilet, has decent sleep area and kitchen for such small unit. ( square feet ?)..solar, wind and battery power to let you stay out a year..easily shipped…pulled by a car…I mean whats not to love about it..I think its brilliant…take all the money wasted on sending to other countries and buy these and use some unused govt or other land and solve the homeless population…..great for a weekend getaway too….wonder how much they cost..and how much to ship…their a long way from the US….

  • SUSIE June 6, 2015, 5:34 am

    Varenikje…I know what you mean…that time went fast…lol

    • Varenikje June 7, 2015, 5:22 pm

      Oh, yeah. That’s right. I’m not old. Time just went by especially fast on this. That’s what it is. :o)

  • Steve June 6, 2015, 6:21 am

    ok reality check… hello anybody there? this is a non-functioning prototype. a mock-up, digitally enhanced theory advancer, this thing is no more capable of supporting your life than it is capable of sustaining it self. wonder why there are no specs on water containment, cause there ain’t none, black water containment, grey water containment, fresh water containment, propane for the stove, battery configuration with modulators. what heats and cools it? come on guys! remember star trek junkies. ok, it’ a cool idea. ok, the mockup looks slick, but did you wonder why the on site shadows don’t match up, or reflections on windows, or doors with no entrance apparatus, because it was a slick photoshopped enhancement. don’t get me wrong, i love how it looks, the marketing is cool, but it ain’t for real. they are completing their marketing research, out of date rags like the atlantic give it credibility like they do martian invasion strategies. i love a good story, preferably fiction, and that is what this is… currently. could this change and it becomes reality, sure, if someone invests mega-bucks, which is what they are trolling for.

    there are a lot of remarkable companies out there, doing remarkable projects, changing the course of lifestyle options for all of us, this may be one of them. but currently this is hyperbole at its best. what this does when not properly introduced, is make those of us who are truly pioneering a new way of living look like yahoos with metal foil caps attempting to reach our alternative planet. don’t get me wrong i love new technology… if it is reality based, this one is not. i love seeing the potential of future projects like anyone else, but not at the expense of disgarding a firm attachment to reality. could this become reality, oh ya, but the work has not even begun, this is just playtime, positioning its self on the back of real heros of this movement.

    ok… discarding my soapbox, never should have hopped up on it. just being protective of reality. really, i love this website, and what alex and so many contributors accomplish, what i dislike are companies that attempt to use it to troll for investors at the expense of hardworking, entrepreneurs, innovators, risk takers, and great dreamers of a better future.

    • George Zalai June 7, 2015, 2:01 am

      Steve, this is not a mockup, in fact it is designed to long range stay with everything imaginable engineered into it. Eventually we will get more information.

  • Tim June 6, 2015, 7:51 am

    Airstream for the 21st century.

    • Chel June 6, 2015, 11:38 am

      Exactly what I thought. Small enough to be portable for travel. Seems easy to make secure for use as a permanent cabin allowing the owner to work undisturbed away from it all. Easy to personalise too.

  • bridget June 6, 2015, 11:39 am

    I love this design it’s a simple design all ur basic needs

  • Jeffrey Mack June 6, 2015, 3:17 pm

    The future is here! Amazing pods! Highly efficient and usable. This type of housing incorporated into neighborhoods could really help get L.A.’s growing homeless population into stable, permanent housing.

  • david June 6, 2015, 7:29 pm

    Does a Tiny house have to be mounted on the trailer at all times?
    or can it slide off and just set on skids. then be reloaded to move.
    You see I have no Truck, nor a desire to tote a trailer. I believe I could
    hire a flat bed trailer to move it. yours or any ones thoughts please.

  • Kristi June 7, 2015, 2:00 am

    these are great. Perfect for camping and days at the beach.

  • Lorraine June 7, 2015, 2:33 am

    For some reason, this pod made me think of that Tom Cruise movie Oblivion!! The design, the lines of it, the pod itself, looks like it could’ve been in that movie!

  • Nette June 7, 2015, 2:53 am

    I could just see these beauties air-lifted to disasters all over the world. If they incorporated water tank and black/grey water disposal even better. They would have been great for the Vanuatu cyclone and Nepal earthquake. We are so blessed to have designers like this all over the world. Well done.

  • Judithann June 7, 2015, 9:28 am

    These pods are absolutely brilliant. For all people serious about diminishing our carbon footprint, this definitely is moving us in the right direction. Bravo!

  • Jean June 7, 2015, 11:10 am

    How much and when will they be available?

  • Sennaya June 7, 2015, 5:14 pm

    Nicer design. I wonder how these would work in hot weather? Look great for cold and cool.

  • Rue June 8, 2015, 4:55 am

    The website says these are working prototypes and they expect to announce price late in “the 2015″…..seems they went to Google’s translator for their English webpage.

    It’s not meant as a permanent dwelling, but I’m looking at the size and thinking that it would be towable….they say they’re designing a chassis for it to be used as a camper. Would be an awesome alternative to a regular RV.

    • Varenikje June 8, 2015, 10:23 am

      Still it doesn’t look cheap. Several people suggested these as homes for the homeless or disaster victims, and I doubt that these would be good for that if they cost a lot.

  • Cahow June 8, 2015, 10:32 am

    Completely OFF TOPIC: Does it bother ANYONE ELSE that the “Comments” section no longer posts 100% of the comments but you have to constantly refresh “Previous Comments” over and over again?

    I, for one, do NOT like this new change, simply because it makes reading replies to prior comments disjointed. Someone will be responding back to another comment and unless you hit “Previous Comments” all the way back to the beginning, you can’t figure out Who is saying What to Whom.

    Alex: can you share why this feature was added?

    • Cahow June 8, 2015, 10:38 am

      Adding to my comment: I had to refresh and reload this discussion SIX bloody times to read all the comments! 🙁

      Alex, I’m begging you: can the comments go back into ONE readable section? I lack the patience and fortitude to go back % forth between pages to read what all your members have to say.

  • Rue June 8, 2015, 10:47 am

    Probably true, though after watching Vice’s reporting on why Hatians are still living in tent cities years after the earthquake and where aid money actually goes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these marketed that way. Apparently disaster relief is now just another money-grab industry.

    • Rue June 8, 2015, 10:51 am

      Sorry. Meant to reply to Varenkije, below.

      And yes, that “Previous Comments” thing is tiresome.

  • dea June 8, 2015, 11:01 am

    I just have a funny to make:…”leggo my EGGO!” lol, nuf said

  • Elle June 9, 2015, 7:18 pm

    It looks like the aliens have landed but, pretty darn cool. Is the solar integrated into the exterior or are there panels somewhere?

  • Elle June 9, 2015, 7:20 pm

    Uh, duh… Never mind the ‘solar panel’ question. Is this tow-able or can you just fly it to your destination 🙂

    • BrownLuster June 13, 2015, 11:06 pm

      It looks like…Both. I went to the website and the designers state:
      “Ecocapsule fits into a standard shipping container and no special preparations and precautions are necessary to transport Ecocapsule worldwide. It can be shipped, airlifted, towed or even pulled by a pack animal.”
      Lol. @ the pack animal part!!

      After further reading it did show that the Ecocapsule can be transported on open trailer with a hitch and that a Camper version will be available in early 2016.

      I actually like this Ecocapsule. I just hope when they create the camper version, it can be customizable in size up to say maybe 320 sq. feet. I would buy one for sure!

  • Gabriella June 5, 2016, 5:51 pm

    “Galactic”

  • Bev June 6, 2016, 1:03 pm

    My one question is, can you anchor it? I live in a windy area. Because it has a wind turbine, I would think the design would give it a tendency to roll on windy days. I know there is some weight to it, but I see this capsule, just rolling away in a windstorm. I didn’t see anything addressing this in the article. or website.

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