Taking your dream vacation off the beaten path doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort. Just ask the makers of the Autonomous Tent, an off-grid camping structure created to pop up almost anywhere in the world and offer five-star luxurious living to boot. Designed by influential Modernist architect Harry Gesner, the stylish Autonomous Tent is powered by solar energy and comes with on-site waste management systems to minimize impact on the environment.
Founded by a Denver, Colorado-based startup, the Autonomous Tent promises portable luxury glamping in two selections: the 700-square-foot Cocoon and the 1,000-square-foot Tipi. Both metal-framed tents are set atop a raised wooden deck, which accounts for the majority of the cost, and beautifully covered with a high-tech, translucent fabric shell resistant to mildew, rot, and pests. No foundations are necessary, however the Autonomous Tents are engineered to withstand 90-mile-per-hour hurricane winds and heavy snow loads of up to 30 pounds per square foot.
To maximize space, the compact structure features an open-floor plan with soaring ceilings and promises all the necessities needed for comfortable off-grid living. Solar panels power all the electricity needs, including lighting, pumps, water filters, and a composting system. Solar water heater panels or an on-demand propane water heater provide hot water for the showers and sink. A filtration system safely returns gray water from the showers and sinks back to the earth, and the composting toilet handles blackwater.
Luxury without boundaries doesn’t come cheap, however. The startup says that a finished Cocoon can cost around $100,000, while a finished Tipi can set you back $200,000. All Autonomous Tents are handcrafted in the U.S. and are customizable.
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