Small Is Beautiful – and Green

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Above is the Rolling Stones traveling capsule by Slovakia-based Nice Architects. It was a submission for the Andes Sprouts Society residency program, which called for housing units representing the theme “Small is Beautiful.” The designers were inspired by gypsy wagons and created a completely mobile unit that can be towed behind a vehicle or stationary open-air studio space. The pod is supposed to resemble a rock in a meadow that blends into its natural surroundings through the use of a reflective surface.

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Images: Inhabitat

Besides its aesthetic qualities, this portable home is built from environmentally friendly materials and is self-sufficient in energy, water, and waste. For instance, the exterior surface is made of recycled aluminum can tiles, while the rest of the structure is constructed from locally sourced wood and OSB panels. It also functions as an off-grid system.

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Specifics:

270 sq feet area
2-6 person occupancy
1 bedroom with double bed and closet
1 bathroom with toilet, shower and sink
1 living room with kitchenette
1 reservoir on top for rainwater collection
1 solar energy system
1 wind turbine
1 composting toilet
1 electric heater for unit and hot water

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