Ecocapsule aims at “anywhere-living” with own energy & water

July 26, 2020 john 21 24259 11:36

Can off-grid, anywhere-living appeal the masses? The Ecocapsule mobile dwelling gathers solar/wind energy, harvests/filters water. It shelters up to 2 comfortably and includes all essentials: kitchen, toilet, shower, folding bed, storage. Sona Pohlova and Tomáš Žáček created the original design in 2014 for a client with a ranch who didn’t have the infrastructure for guest…

Biomimetic tiny home as antifragile prototype for new urbanism

May 3, 2020 john 27 1414 29:15

When a computer-based, self-reliant city-lab high in the hills above Barcelona designed and built a tiny home they used parametric modeling software to mimic nature. The resulting Niu Haus, or Nest House, is all curves (only the sloping solar-paneled roof is flat). Built from wood harvested, milled and CNC-cut on the property, it’s a hyper-local…

50 years off-grid: architect-maker paradise amid NorCal redwoods

April 26, 2020 john 20 152668 47:29

In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife, Vanna Rae, moved onto 240 acres of redwood forest looking to live a simpler life off the land. They had spent their savings to purchase the land so they got to work building their home themselves. Their first structure was a panelized A-frame that they erected in 5…

Kayaking our way to a remote floating cabin in the wilderness

October 14, 2019 john 21 24836 20:46

To reach the Iloft floating cabin, you drive five hours north from Montreal to Quebec’s third-largest lake and then kayak 45 minutes along Lake Saint-Jean to finally arrive in an uninhabited bay to climb aboard the buoyant greenhouse tiny house. When we left Montreal mid-day on a summer Saturday, we had no idea that we…