Design Tiny Homes Ecocapsule Is the Egg-Shaped Tiny Home That Can Go Off-Grid and Off-Pipe By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated March 29, 2020 ©. Ecocapsule Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Often when we show tiny homes, readers point out that designers should learn from boats, where people have been organizing small spaces forever. Now Bratislava based Nice Architects introduce the very nice and very boat-like Ecocapsule, " a low-energy house packed into a compact form. It merges an energy efficient shape, compact volume and off-grid capabilities with the luxuries of a warm bed, running water and a hot meal." © Ecocapsule The designers claim that it "is fitted with all essentials necessary for a comfortable prolonged stay without a need to recharge or re-supply." It has all the comforts of home: a tiny kitchen, a bathroom with toilet and shower (Gizmag says it's a composting toilet, but the Ecocapsule site says flushing toilet. A composter makes more sense) There is a pullout bed and lots of storage, all in a 4.468m (14'-7") by 2.407m (8') egg with an area of 8m2 (86 SF). © Ecocapsule It's powered by 2.6m2 (28 SF) of solar integrated into the roof and a 750 Watt (42.65 BTUs/minute) wind turbine feeding a 4200 Wh battery bank. The shape is somehow optimized for rainwater collection, which is then filtered for use. © Ecocapsule The designers see it serving a number of different functions: Ecocapsule is a portable house offering an unmatched dwelling experience. With its immense off-grid life span, worldwide portability and flexibility it is suitable for a wide range of applications: from an independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a humanitarian-action unit. © Ecocapsule With that lovely aerodynamic shape, it is a shame that it is not on wheels; it would make a great trailer and it would be a lot easier to move around. © Ecocapsule I often complain about the designs of tiny homes and as we say on our about page, am partial to a modern aesthetic. But I do wonder about how this unit actually could live up to some of the designers' claims: If offers a long off-grid stayIt brings civilization’s standards into the wildernessIt has an energy sustainable shapeIt has low energy consumptionIt is easily transportable around the globeIt does not require any supporting infrastructure © Ecocapsule Everything needs supporting infrastructure; waste tanks have to be emptied, gas bottles for cooking have to be filled. Truly going off grid is hard work, a lot more than just airdropping an egg. But hey, it is lovely to look at. More at Ecocapsule. © Ecocapsule UPDATE: The Ecocapsule, the egg-shaped tiny home that can go off-grid and off-pipe, is real!