Going off-grid and using natural resources like the sun or wind to power your home is one of the modern ways to rebel against the system, and designers are proving that you don't need to sacrifice comfort or style in order to do so. You don't have to spend your life in a tent or live in a hobbit house to be completely self-sufficient—in fact, approximately 1.7 billion people are living off-grid worldwide at this very moment. Whether your goal is to reduce your carbon footprint, to save money, to prepare for the collapse of the oil economy, or just to be independent, check out this collection of off-grid retreats - including a sun-powered Alpine capsule and France's highest building!
Refuge du Goûter by Group-H Standing 12,582 feet above sea level, the Refuge du Goûter is a magnificent Alpine refuge by Group-H. Powered by the sun and wind, the stylish Alpine retreat is France's highest building.
Alpine Capsule by Ross Lovegrove Designed to blend with nature, the futuristic Alpine Capsule is one of Ross Lovegrove's most striking creations. Powered by solar panels and a vertical axis wind turbine, it features a reflecting glass skin that allows inhabitants a magnificent 360-degree view of the landscape.
Chamfer House by S-Archetype Created to operate off-grid in any location, the tiny Chamfer House is one of S-Archetype's most stylish creations. Shaped like a cube and made from eco-friendly materials, it features open plan bright interiors that are perfect for a modern, nomadic life.
Stamp House by Charles Wright Architects Located on the edge of the water in Australia's Queensland, the weird-looking Stamp House was designed by Charles Wright Architects. Shaped like a six-pointed star and made from precast concrete, this unique off-grid home can defy even the fastest cyclones.
MercuryHouseOne by Architecture and Vision Tiny, cute and solar-powered, the MercuryHouseOne is sleek pod-like lounge by Italian Architecture and Vision. Featuring the latest lighting, video, and sound technologies inside, this portable living capsule can be placed at any locale.
Floating Hotel by Sigge Architects Envisioned for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, this luxurious floating hotel is Sigge Architects' creation. Off-grid, stylish and curvaceous, it was designed as an alternative accommodation for soccer enthusiasts visiting the Arab state during the huge football event.