I really like the concept of living off the grid – probably a result of too many post-apocalyptic movies and books. But in land scarce Singapore, I don’t see how it can be achieved tho. Perhaps if more eco-friendly ideas can be used in HDB, it’ll make enough difference… like collecting rainwater for flushing, using more solar panels, and having ‘green’ roofs with plants?
Anyway I really like what TBWA\HAKUHODO (an advertising agency!) did. They designed a house called “MIRAI NIHON” where technology and nature coexist with people and enable a 100% off-grid life. To make this happen, they collaborated with more than 20 companies to provide new technologies and inventions that bring the concept to life, and that have not yet been commercialized. The house is now available for sale.
Watch the video to see the house and understand the concept:
In order to make Mirai Nihon a reality, TBWA\HAKUHODO developed a platform to identify new technologies and innovations that had not yet been commercialized. Next, the firm partnered with Nissan, maker of the electric vehicle Leaf, to establish a design that would be both sustainable and comfortable for its occupants. Other organizations, including NEC and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency also participated in the project.
Solor Design Lab was the brains behind the prefabricated house, a combination of Japanese design, aesthetics and maximum space efficiency. A Nissan Leaf, when not providing transportation, powers the home via its battery. A home energy management system (HEMS) incorporates smart grid technology and allows the home’s owner to gauge and control the consumption of energy throughout the house. Even Mirai Nihon’s water system works completely free from local infrastructure; it uses a seawater purification system that TBWA\HAKUHODO says can filter out heavy metals and radioactive materials.
Hmm. You know what? I think this is great for rich people who own private islands too… They can just port a few units over for themselves, guests and the staff on their island.