Small, off-grid pods allow residents to do both — they take up very little space, can often be easily moved or assembled, and can harvest their own water and power. Take a look at five futuristic dwellings to inspire your future home design.
Its roof is equipped with solar cells and a wind turbine, and the pod also has a rechargeable battery that can last at least four days should the renewable sources fail. The egg-like shape is designed to minimise heat loss.
Inside, the pod can fit a bed, a working and dining space, a toilet, a shower and a kitchenette. It has two openable windows and comes with a data network connection. To transport the pod, just roll it on its four extendable wheels.
Well-known architect Renzo Piano designed the Diogene as a mini-house prototype for German furniture company Vitra.
The PassivPod, designed by England-based design firm Koru Architects, is conceived as a sustainable lakeside retreat.
The solar roof harvests energy that can be used to power the pod and heat water, and a sealed wood-burning stove can provide warmth in winter months. A central stairway lit via skylight helps bring sun into the house during the day, while also providing ventilation.
To further integrate the natural world, the pod is designed with an attached timber deck that can extend the living space over a body of water, creating a jetty where a boat could be tied.
The PassivPod is not for sale yet, but Koru Architects estimate that once it's available, the building will cost $1,971 per square meter, or about $459,950 total.
Its glass-reinforced plastic coating takes advantage of natural heat energy, and translucent solar cells power stand-alone batteries.
The design also includes an optional inflatable automated greenhouse, which can be connected to the house to allow its inhabitants to grow their own food.
When connected, the greenhouse is programmed to do onsite waste treatment.
The prefabricated single-family house was created to be easily transported and manufactured -- it has built-in wheels, and assembly is supposed to take only two hours. Pods are not currently available for sale, however.
The Nest Pod, designed by architect Fernando Romero for Revolution Precrafted Properties, is intended for those who want the ability to move their home to different locations.
The shifted elliptical shape is inspired by natural forms and provides passive shading. The building's interior is split along a North-South axis, creating natural ventilation.
Since each pod is customisable, interested buyers can inquire about pricing with Revolution Precrafted Properties.
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