Escape Pod: Lost at Sea, Floating in an Underwater Retreat

Not for the claustrophobic (nor the easily seasick), this little mobile water retreat is made to help you find an isolated getaway free not only of work, phones and family, but … also of windows, walls or doors.

To pull a lost-at-sea disappearing act, an owner of one of these little modules need only swim with it out to see, drop down a rope and climb inside. The surface sits nearly flush with the water, making it almost invisible to potential outside viewers (though arguably a safety hazard for that same reason).

At a few feet wide and with no amenities to speak of, this design by Andrew Friend is definitely a temporary residence and not a floating resort – at least in its current conceptual prototype phase. The driving idea is one of difference and experience: this lets you slip outside of your comfort zone without skydiving (or scuba diving for that matter).

Not big on the nautical approach? Friend also has created a (sort of) safe lightning rod that merely scars its users, for those who wish to feel the rush of standing high and (nearly) being struck down by mother nature. Like enclosed spaces or not, it might be best to stick with the escape pod after all.

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