When I saw a picture of an‘Ecocapsule’ for the first time, my first thought was that this is what the future looks like. Silvery, efficient and with its futuristic design, it’s a peculiar eye-catcher on any green field, no matter if with a mountain in the background or not. The ‘Ecocapsule,’ an egg-shaped microhome, looks like a spaceship from a sci-fi blockbuster film. The only things missing are the fog and the little green men, I thought to myself. But this tiny house wasn’t, in fact, designed, built and developed by aliens, but by the Slovakian architectural firm ‘nice architects.’

YOUR NEW MICROHOME –
LIVING IN THE EGG-SHAPED HOUSE OF THE FUTURE

Category: Living     Text: Angela Peltner

Photos: Ecocapsule Holding
When I saw a picture of an‘Ecocapsule’ for the first time, my first thought was that this is what the future looks like. Silvery, efficient and with its futuristic design, it’s a peculiar eye-catcher on any green field, no matter if with a mountain in the background or not. The ‘Ecocapsule,’ an egg-shaped microhome, looks like a spaceship from a sci-fi blockbuster film. The only things missing are the fog and the little green men, I thought to myself. But this tiny house wasn’t, in fact, designed, built and developed by aliens, but by the Slovakian architectural firm ‘nice architects.’
In 2008, the first version of the ‘Ecocapsule’ was presented at a idea contest and immediately became the crowd favourite. Originally intended to be a second home, a studio for artists or a play haven for kids, the creators surrounding the founder Tomas Zacek have further developed the egg-shaped microhome over the past ten years.
PRIMARY HOME ‘ECOCAPSULE’
So what came out of it? The capsule became even smaller and the vision grew larger. A realistic living situation was created with a mere 8.2 m²; intended as not only a secondary alternative, but also a possible primary residence. The self-contained, self-sufficient microcosm is designed for a maximum of two people; which inevitably leads me to the question, how small do 8.2 m² feel? I measured my kitchen to get an idea and got approximately 15 m². If I subtract a little less than half of that, I can roughly imagine how small this egg must be. This led me to my next question, how does it feel when 8.2 m² are containing kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living spaces? Do I have enough space to conjure up a proper feast in the kitchenette with just two hotplates? And does my towel stay dry when I take a shower?
TRIUMVIRATE OF EFFICIENCY
The answer to my questions lies in the efficiency and design of the ‘Ecocapsule.’ In fact, not a single millimetre was wasted here, not even in airspace. During the day, the interior of the capsule is a living room with a table and a simple sofa bed to relax on. At night, the bed can be pulled out and settles with millimetre precision at the edge of the dining table, transforming the space into a bedroom. The walls are covered in stylish storage compartments to stow away clothing and life’s essentials. The kitchen, which is also in the same room, is reminiscent of a trailer kitchen. Only the bathroom has a door to separate toilet and shower.
The ‘Ecocapsule’ might be more related to camping if it didn’t have this sophisticated system of water and power generation. Anyone who has ever been camping knows how hard it can be to get water or an external radiator. And that’s not the only difference: The capsule needs practically nothing more than a empty piece of land under its initial adorable weight of 1500 kilos. The capsule gets all its energy from the environment; from the sun, the rain and the wind. You see, this little ‘egg’ has three super tools.

Tiny house or spaceship: The Ecocapsule can be used both in winter and summer. It can withstand temperatures from -15 degrees celsius to +40 degrees celsius and wind speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. Photos: Ecocapsule Holding
E.T. PHONE HOME
Somehow I can’t get rid of the feeling that it might be a spaceship after all. If only the “egg” could fly… I find it so impressive that you could put this capsule home in almost every godforsaken place in the world and it would still be liveable. This is, of course, in part thanks to its first super tool, the solar cells on the roof, which can absorb an average of 600 watts of electricity. Additionally, on the side of the capsule, you can find the second super tool, the wind turbine, which can be extended if required and which generates around 750 watts of power. And although there are hardly any days on earth without either wind or sunlight, this potential situation has also been taken into account. Thanks to an integrated battery system, the capsule inhabitants can manage up to five days without using any external energy. Also, it never gets too cold or too warm in the capsule because the walls are insulated. Wifi is built in, but a mobile phone signal is required to activate it. Finally, the third super tool: the water reservoir. Due to the special egg shape of the capsule, the rainwater can run down the walls. The surface of the outer shell is a membrane that filters the water and cleans the rainwater before it runs into the tank under the capsule, where it is then stored. The collected water can be used for showering and washing, even as drinking water.
LIFE SPAN
According to the creators, the egg can live to be about as old as a human. On average, 80 years. I am really curious as to how colourful and futuristic our world will look in 80 years, and I doubt anyone will be surprised when Ecocapsules can be found everywhere in nature. Eleanor Roosevelt was right when she said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Find out more at: https://www.ecocapsule.sk

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