The Slovak company Ecocapsule® has officially launched their first, exclusive series of unique, self-sustainable mobile microhomes. Limited to 50 customers from the USA, Japan, Australia and EU, these tiny homes can be transported anywhere: utop a mountain, onto a beach, or even on a lake.
Part space pod, part camper, the Ecocapsule is an egg-shaped, naturally powered microhome that can be used as not only a house, but an office, cottage, pop-up hotel, or emergency shelter that doubles as a charging station for electric vehicles.
Tomáš Žáček, co-founder and current CEO of the company, says he was delighted to finally launch the first home after months of designing, production, testing and certification. He hopes that in 2018, his company will begin production of the second, more affordable mass-produced series, which will be available globally, and will surely prove popular with anyone interested in mobile, off-grid living.
The story of Ecocapsule® began in 2008, when our architectural studio Nice Architects (now known as Nice&Wise) participated in the Andes Sprout Society Idea Competition to design a small housing unit for an artist. Although the design didn’t win the competition, the breaking point for the project was when the internet portal inhabitat.com chose Ecocapsule® as one of their most interesting picks from the competition. A massive amount of inquiries persuaded us to develop this project further. Yet, technology in 2008 was not ready for a truly independent house. Within the next five years, we were working on the technological and product design of the Ecocapsule® in order to bring the best possible product. In 2014, the development of technology has finally allowed them to finish the Ecocapsule® prototype equipped with systems necessary for long time independence.
The first, exclusive series is intended for pioneer clients and tech-enthusiasts. This series is limited to 50 pieces and it is also geographically limited to markets in the USA, Australia, Japan and EU. An important difference is that this series is customizable to a certain degree, so we can satisfy specific requirements of our clients. The second series will be mass-produced and thus we want it to be significantly cheaper. We will announce the price of the second series Ecocapsules®in the first half of this year. The sale of this series will be geographically unlimited and the Ecocapsules®will not be customizable.
Together with my partner and co-founder of Ecocapsule® Sona Pohlova, we have been really proud on several occasions. The most important one was perhaps when we have stepped into the final Ecocapsule® prototype. We have felt deep accomplishment and joy over the fact that we have turned our dream into reality.And We are always looking for ways to make Ecocapsule® better and we are also working on a couple of interesting accessories. So far, from my standpoint, the future looks very promising!