High-Tech Off-Grid Mirai Nihon Home Coexists With Nature in Japan

by , 06/11/12

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In order to make Mirai Nihon a reality, TBWA\HAKUHODO developed a platform to identify new technologies and innovations that had not yet been commercialized. Next, the firm partnered with Nissan, maker of the electric vehicle Leaf, to establish a design that would be both sustainable and comfortable for its occupants. Other organizations, including NEC and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency also participated in the project.

Solor Design Lab was the brains behind the prefabricated house, a combination of Japanese design, aesthetics and maximum space efficiency. A Nissan Leaf, when not providing transportation, powers the home via its battery. A home energy management system (HEMS) incorporates smart grid technology and allows the home’s owner to gauge and control the consumption of energy throughout the house. Even Mirai Nihon’s water system works completely free from local infrastructure; it uses a seawater purification system that TBWA\HAKUHODO says can filter out heavy metals and radioactive materials.

Mirai Nihon is not just a project to prepare for the next calamity to hit Japan; TBWA\HAKUHODO and its partners believe the house could work in cities and villages around the world, providing shelter while new sustainable technologies can scale and become more cost-effective.


Via Co.Exist

Photos courtesy TBWA\HAKUHODO

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  1. Arthur W R Cox March 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    This is is a great leap forward in off-grid technology. Any idea when it might be on the market?

  2. stephen.60 January 23, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Is this reality or just a dream? I can imagine the energy companies making a bid for the Sun to claw back some of their profits; but if this can be made a reality, it\’s a breath-taking reality. I must admit, I am fascinated by the whole concept, and the reality, I would certainly buy. The idea has been around for a long time, of course; but to see it in reality, in a economically viable form, makes it a tangible reality for many. Which is the key point. In the past it has only been possible for those with money, and more than a touch of eccentricity. Thank you for making it real!

  3. tony ryder June 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

    perfect for greek islands –
    could also work for an extended gaza –
    for more info –

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