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Rolling Stone Eco-Capsule Home

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 1, 2009 @ 12:00 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 9 Comments

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Earlier this year the residency program at the Andes Sprouts Society [2] issued a call for housing units for that fit the theme “Small is Beautiful.” Among a slew of excellent entries [3], our favorite was this Rolling Stones traveling capsule by Slovakia-based Nice Architects [4]. Part gypsy wagon, part RV trailer [5], and all aerodynamic eco-capsule, this mobile modern living structure is compact, built from environmentally friendly materials, and self-sufficient in terms of energy, water and waste.

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Nice Architects [4]‘ Rolling Stones capsules are inspired by gypsy wagons, which served as both living quarters and backdrops for gypsies work as entertainers. The unit is completely mobile when towed behind a vehicle, and when stationary it can be expanded to form an open air studio space [6] or even a mobile stage. Its round shape is meant to resemble a rock in a meadow, and the project blends into its natural surroundings through the use of a reflective surface made from recycled aluminum can [7] tiles. The rest of the structure is constructed from locally sourced wood [8] and OSB panels.

Each unit runs 270 sq feet and is designed to accommodate 2 people comfortably, although 6 people could stay in it if necessary. There is a bedroom with a double bed and closet, a bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink, and as a living room with a kitchenette. A reservoir on top of the capsule is used to collect rainwater [9] and can serve as an emergency sleeping space.

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The units are designed to survive independent of outside amenities, and each one comes equipped with either a solar system or wind turbine [10]mounted on top. Below the floor of the unit are two reservoirs for clean water and grey water [11], which can be used for toilet flushing. A composting toilet takes care of solid waste, and an electric heater provides both heat for the unit and hot water. All in all, it’s a pretty cute and compact little unit – almost like an Airstream that has been hacked and rebuilt by gypsy rock and roll musicians.

+ Nice Architects [4]

Via Bustler [3]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=22723

[2] Andes Sprouts Society: http://andessproutssociety.us/

[3] entries: http://bustler.net/index.php/article/andes_sprouts_societys_call_for_entries_closed/

[4] Nice Architects: http://www.nicearchitects.sk/

[5] RV trailer: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/17/eco-camper-by-verdier/

[6] studio space: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/29/emergency-response-studio-by-paul-villinski/

[7] recycled aluminum can: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/07/sustainable-style-escama-studio-aluminum-handbags/

[8] locally sourced wood: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/17/the-onigiri-cedar-house/

[9] collect rainwater: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/05/cista-rainwater-cachement-by-moss-sund-and-figforty/

[10] wind turbine : http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/11/aeolian-electric-wind-powered-sculptures/

[11] grey water: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/31/the-sloan-aqus-greywater-recycling-system/

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