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Futuristic UFO Home Makes the Dream of Off-Grid Living on the Ocean’s Surface a Reality
Would you live in the middle of the ocean?
I bet that many of you would love to leave it all behind and move to somewhere nice and quiet, far from the crowded cities with their constant noise, never ending traffic jams and hectic lifestyle. Well, the truth is that with all these cute tiny houses and innovative capsule homes that have been coming to light lately, the dream of quiet off-grid living becomes more real than ever. Today, we’ll have a look at the recent concept of a floating UFO pod.
The UFO (Unidentified Floating Object) home was designed by Italian mini yacht-maker Jet Capsule. Except for being a self-sustaining home, it is also a ship that can reach a speed of 3.5 knots (4 mph or 6.5 km/h).
Its waterjet-propelled electric motor is powered by 430 square feet (40 square meters) of solar panels placed at the top of the structure’s roof. At the same time, the UFO home has wind and water turbines, which produce electricity to run home appliances and can be utilized on cloudy days when there is not enough sunlight to power the solar panels.
There is even a vegetable garden in the area surrounding the structure’s ring; however, it’s not clear how it could possibly survive a storm. The UFO home creators state on their website that the elastic anchor system the construction is equipped with would take care of this.
Water supply is based on a solar-powered desalination and rainwater purification systems.
As for the interior design, the house has two levels formed by two half-spherical shells of fiberglass. Moreover, the flexibility of the construction enables various configurations of floors.
“The interior consist of a transformable kitchen and dining/living area on a 20-sq. m (215-sq. ft.) top level, with stairs leading down to a 10-sq. m (107-sq. ft.) submerged lower level with bathroom and bedroom,” the designers write on their website.
The futuristic design of the home’s interior is enhanced with an amazing submerged viewing window on the lower level of the structure, which lets you observe the marine wildlife in action.
Jet Capsule is currently seeking funds to build their first prototype, which is estimated to cost as much as $800,000. However, they claim, the price of a commercially available UFO home would decrease to a reasonable $200,000 for the two-story construction.
Check out this video to learn more about the floating UFO home:
Do you like the concept? Would you live in a UFO home in the middle of the ocean? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Image credit: Jet Capsule
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