There are plenty of new innovative ways to start living and embracing a healthier environmentally friendly lifestyle. EcoFloLife a UK-based company is doing this for your dwelling space.
EcoFloLife’s “WaterNest” is constructed wholly out of re purposed aluminium and laminated reclaimed timber, the UK-based company’s 98% recyclable home offers a simple lifestyle steeped in nature, while still benefiting from all the creature comforts that one is used to in a contemporary home.
The pebble-shaped pod – whose 100-sqare-metre model is roomy enough to comfortably house a family four – features balconies spanning its two lengthiest sides, along with wall-sized windows allowing natural light to flood its interior during the day.
Impervious to impact and corrosion, the avant-garde dwelling’s outer shell requires virtually no maintenance, while its interiors are outfitted with leak-proof teak floors capable of weathering varying temperatures, heavy humidity, and high salinity, along with DuPont Corian kitchen and bathroom surfaces resistant to mould and bacteria.
Anchorable to any quay on waters at least two metres deep, the structure – much like a catamaran – has a low centre of gravity, with the weight of its internal components perfectly distributed for stability. To boot, the LED-lit haven – which has 60 square metre of flexibility photovoltaic panels blanketing its roof – can produce over 4 kWp of energy a day in a sun-soaked setting (more than plenty enough power to sustain itself, given its daily needs average less than half that amount).
Despite its “ever-green” essence, the WaterNest boasts just as many high-tech perks as landlocked luxury homes, employing domotic technology that enables dwellers to control all of its inner workings (from its temperature and lighting, to its sound and entertainment systems) – not to mention monitor the household’s electricity and water consumption – with a single keypad.
The WaterNests amenities are also equipped with an automated alarm system (manageable via smartphone) that sends out alerts in case of intrusions, gas and water leaks, and power cuts, and allows residents to conduct remote visual scans of every room through a closed TV circuit while they’re away.
The eco friendly pod is the latest brainchild of Italian naval architect Giancarlo Zema, whose other water-centric innovations include the Jelly-Fish 4 (a four-level circular eco-house with an undersea lounge area); the Amphibious 1000 (soon to be the first-ever semi-submerged hotel resort, it’ll showcase a series of floating suites); and the Trilobis 65 (a self-sufficient, non-polluting eco-yacht with a submarine observation globe).
Customizable in terms of its layout and size, the adaptable habitat – which, given the option of a split hull, can be transported with standard trucks and assembled on-site – has numerous possible configurations beyond a residential scope, with pre-designed commercial frameworks including an office/lab (complete with workstations), a shop/exhibition venue (featuring storage space and dressing rooms), and a bar lounge/restaurant (that can accommodate up to 40).