Hiking, exploring and enjoying splendid views from mountain tops sure is wonderful and are all great vacation experiences. But what if you were to take adventure to a whole new level? What if you could sleep in a capsule attached to a steep mountain or take it to any desired location? That definitely sounds like a wonderful opportunity, one that can become reality thanks to projects such as the two we’re about to describe.
The Skylodge Adventure Suites
The first one takes you to Peru, in the splendid Sacred Valley. Here you’ll find three transparent capsules hanging from a cliff, known as the Skylodge Adventure Suites from Natura Vive. In 2013 they became the first ever hanging lodges in the world.
To reach the capsules you have to climb 400 ft which is around 122 meters or use a series of ziplines. Each capsule measures 24 ft in length and is 8 ft high and 8 ft wide. It can accommodate up to 8 people. The capsules are handcrafted from aerospace aluminum and weather-resistant polycarbonate and they all include everything needed for a comfortable stay such as a total of four beds, a dining area and a private bathroom separated from the sleeping area by an insulated wall.
The exit is situated in the upper part of the capsule and six windows and four ventilation ducts ensure a pleasant atmosphere inside. Four lamps and a reading light further enhance the cozy and comfortable ambiance. The capsules are also equipped with dry ecological toilets and sinks, curtains for privacy and offer breathtaking views over the valley.
The second project is still a concept and the first produced units are awaited in the first half of 2016. Each Ecocapsule will measure 2.55 x 4.45 x 2.25 m/ 4.5 m and will be able to comfortably accommodate two adults.
The capsules will be powered by built-in wind turbine as well as by a series of solar cells. They’ll be compact and will be equipped with built-in kitchenettes, will have running water, toilets, hot showers and all the other basics.
Given the compact design and all the features integrated in it, these low-energy structures will have a wide range of applications and will be able to function as independent research stations, tourist attractions or emergency or vacation housing. Their shape is optimized for the collection of water and they have built-in water filters.
In addition, the Ecocapsules will fit into a standard shipping container so no special preparation will be necessary. Also, their design and size will allow them to be shipped, airlifted, towed or even pulled by pack animals.