What do you do when you need a small visitor center in a natural preserve, a changing room on a beach or emergency housing in a disaster relief situation? Cannata Fernandes Architects has come up with a solution to all three of these scenarios - the Self Sustained Module. The sleek, modern, prefabricated building can be used in conjunction with existing infrastructure or it can stand entirely on its own, and it can be used for a variety of things - including temporary housing, an observatory, a fire outpost, a bar or a small store.
The Self Sustained Module is intended for sites where heavy modifications and the addition of permanent infrastructure is either physically impossible or economically unfeasible. It comes complete with a built-in foundation, structure, and water, sewer and electrical systems. The module can be assembled in a factory and transported anywhere by truck or helicopter.
The unit is truly self-sustaining as it comes with its own energy supply using 20 photovoltaic panels and a set of solar batteries that can last up to three days. It also comes with a toilet and small kitchen and a 500 liter water tank that holds water for up to three days. The module doesn’t even need to plug into a sewer system as water drainage is taken care of with a vacuum system. It also comes with an option for water heating and environmental heating for cold climates.