Lifepod is an experimental lightweight, nomadic, environmentally low-impact capsule dwelling unit conceptually based on the Mongolian ger utilizing aerospace, and automotive RV technologies. Conceived in 1997 with ongoing research.
Modular components pack entirely into a forty foot container and can be shipped to virtually any place on the planet within weeks.
Mimicking terrestrial mammals, the structural system is a quadrupedal fuselage. This allows for foundation-less “footings” that can adjust to the contours of the natural landscape. The house adjusts to the land. The land need not be disfigured for the house.
While this design is still in very early stages, there aren’t many specific design aspects we are able to look at. However, the concept is particularly innovative in that it allows the pod to stand on land, float on water or even to be suspended in the air. It’s compact nature and clean design could have huge implications for people in remote regions or for those leading a nomadic lifestyle. In the future, with a rapidly growing population, small, modular living solutions could become direly needed in many areas of the world.
This kind of out-of-the-box thinking is something that will sorely be needed with an increasing population, rising ocean levels and growing deserts in the future. This idea in particular could also go towards solving the problem of Nature Deficit Disorder for people in cities. If you were able to essentially pack up your home and temporarily move it to a non-urban location, you could have an almost zero-cost holiday and retreat. 2/3rds of our population will reside in urban areas by 2050, studies suggest, and as such this kind of retreat into nature will be extremely beneficial to our health.
Therefore, I see the Lifepod as a great, innovative design as it considers many different aspects of the world today and how the world could be in 50 years time, which is an incredibly useful approach to take to issues that could develop and that already exist.