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Alpine Capsule

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A little alien capsule will soon be landing on a mountain in the Italian Alps. As compelling a notion as that is, the shiny bauble pictured above is the brainchild of London designer (and self-confessioned 'evolutionary biologist') Ross Lovegrove, and nothing to do with little green men. The Alpine Capsule has been conceived as the ultimate futuristic compact living unit.

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Designs for the Capsule, an 8m-wide ball which offers residents a 360-degree view of the world around them, will be unveiled on December 13th in Alta Badia, Italy.

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Its exterior skin will be coated in a special mirror finish to reflect the surrounding environment, but from the inside everything outside will be visible.

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The Alpine Capsule will be completely energy independent, using solar photovoltaic cells and vertical wind turbines. The Capsule will be constructed on site at 2100m above sea level at Piz la Ila, and available for overnight stays in 2010. RM

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Images: Lovegrove Studio

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  • joe

    March 18, 2009

    Reminds me of the Schrodinger’s Cat Box depicted in the Hyperion novels. They were tiny, 100% self-contained living quarters. Only the Schrodinger’s box was for prisoners who were given a death sentence. At some random point in time, lethal gas would be released.

  • Roshan

    December 22, 2008

    For more info on the bean, see

  • JLR

    December 22, 2008

    Hi – this is similar to the Bean (Cloud Gate) in Chicago, USA.

  • laughingmoon

    December 14, 2008

    I like this alot, very immaginative.
    Is it static? I could see a whole landscape dotted with these, like droplets of water.
    How functional is the space inside?
    Are there lots of hidden compartments?
    or is it as sparce as it looks?
    Are they heated?
    Look forward to seeing more

  • masya

    December 13, 2008

    Looking as Turkish Bath. 🙂

  • Roshan

    December 12, 2008

    No info on the toiletry arrangements yet. But if I find out, I’ll let you know asap.

  • AER

    December 11, 2008

    I see. Can’t tell by the pic. Is there a bathroom inside? Or is it just to place to lay about in? Nothing else?

  • Roshan

    December 11, 2008

    Sorry – I should have explained that part! It’s a cabin. As you can hopefully see from the embryonic sci-fi woman pictured last, there’s a bed, so you can stay the night in it.

  • AER

    December 11, 2008

    Don’t get it. What’s inside?

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