Rolling Stone: Portable Prefab Pod House Design
Inspired by gypsy wagons, rolling stones and mobile homes, this mobile living design functions on a great many levels. It is intended to be a self-sufficient housing unit, an open-air studio and even a stage as needed – a kind of hybrid of the best mobile building ideas of the 20th century.
Like a wagon, this capsule home by Nice Architects contains everything one would need to live, including self-contained energy, water and waste systems. Reflective recycled-can surface material blends the pod into its environment while reusing eco-friendly materials as cladding.
Sustainable to the core, rainwater collected on the roof is circulated into the structure for gray water reuse, the toilets compost and top-mounted solar panels and/or a wind turbine create electricity that, in turn, can be used to heat water and space inside of the airstream-esque mobile pod house.
At nearly 300 square feet, each individual unit has closet space, a bed, kitchenette, living area and a bathroom complete with toilet, sink and shower. While best suited to just two people a single one of these portable homes could house up to six people as needed.
“Ecocapsule® is smart, self-sustainable micro-unit, which utilizes solar and wind energy. It allows you to stay in remote places out of reach of infrastructure, with the luxury of a hotel room. Ecocapsule® is your design way to independent living. It can become a cottage, pop-up hotel, mobile office, research station or anything you want it to be. We have engineered the product from scratch to be as self-sufficient, practical and functional as possible. Join us and change the world – starting with yours!”
“The unique shape of Ecocapsule® not only minimizes heat loss, but also provides the most important thing for life: Water. Rainwater is collected on the surface, where it’s collected to water tank and filtered for your convenience.”