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Off-grid eco-hotel concept offers minimal-impact living

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Drop XL was designed by Barcelona-based architecture and design studio IN-TENTA (Image: Estudibasic)
Drop XL was designed by Barcelona-based architecture and design studio IN-TENTA (Image: Estudibasic)
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The interior of Drop XL can be configured to suit (Image: Estudibasic)
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The interior of Drop XL can be configured to suit (Image: Estudibasic)
In its default configuration, Drop XL contains a small porch, bedroom, lounge, and bathroom with shower and bath (Image: Estudibasic)
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In its default configuration, Drop XL contains a small porch, bedroom, lounge, and bathroom with shower and bath (Image: Estudibasic)
The dwelling is built from wood, steel, glass, and aluminum (Image: Estudibasic)
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The dwelling is built from wood, steel, glass, and aluminum (Image: Estudibasic)
Each unit shall be prefabricated in a factory before being transported to its ultimate location by truck and installed (Image: Estudibasic)
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Each unit shall be prefabricated in a factory before being transported to its ultimate location by truck and installed (Image: Estudibasic)
Drop XL is the second iteration of the same design to come from IN-TENTA (Image: Estudibasic)
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Drop XL is the second iteration of the same design to come from IN-TENTA (Image: Estudibasic)
Drop XL was designed by Barcelona-based architecture and design studio IN-TENTA (Image: Estudibasic)
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Drop XL was designed by Barcelona-based architecture and design studio IN-TENTA (Image: Estudibasic)
The unit measures 30 sq m (322 sq ft) and is raised on a number of small metal stilts in order to minimize the lasting impact to the soil (Image: Estudibasic)
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The unit measures 30 sq m (322 sq ft) and is raised on a number of small metal stilts in order to minimize the lasting impact to the soil (Image: Estudibasic)
Drop XL also has a small porch and decking area (Image: Estudibasic)
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Drop XL also has a small porch and decking area (Image: Estudibasic)
A skylight offers views of the stars (Image: Estudibasic)
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A skylight offers views of the stars (Image: Estudibasic)
Each unit shall be prefabricated in a factory before being transported to its ultimate location by truck and installed (Image: Estudibasic)
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Each unit shall be prefabricated in a factory before being transported to its ultimate location by truck and installed (Image: Estudibasic)
Gizmag contacted a company rep and were informed that plans are afoot to to make the concept into purchasable product "soon"(Image: Estudibasic)
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Gizmag contacted a company rep and were informed that plans are afoot to to make the concept into purchasable product "soon"(Image: Estudibasic)
Spanish architecture and design firm IN-TENTA recently unveiled a new eco-hotel concept that could also just as easily serve as a small home or guest accommodation (Image: Estudibasic)
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Spanish architecture and design firm IN-TENTA recently unveiled a new eco-hotel concept that could also just as easily serve as a small home or guest accommodation (Image: Estudibasic)
The flexible flexible and minimal-impact living unit comes with a range of additional options including room layout and a choice of operating either on or off the grid (Image: Estudibasic)
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The flexible flexible and minimal-impact living unit comes with a range of additional options including room layout and a choice of operating either on or off the grid (Image: Estudibasic)
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Spanish architecture and design firm In-Tenta has unveiled an interesting eco-hotel concept that can also serve as a small home or guest accommodation. Drop XL is a flexible and minimal-impact living unit that sports a range of additional options, including a choice of operating either on or off-grid.

Drop XL is the second iteration of the same design to come from Barcelona-based In-Tenta. Featuring a larger footprint and several refinements over its predecessor, the Drop, the cylindrical unit has an area of 30 sq m (322 sq ft) and is raised on a number of small metal stilts in order to minimize its impact on the soil.

The dwelling is built from wood, steel, glass, and aluminum (Image: Estudibasic)
The dwelling is built from wood, steel, glass, and aluminum (Image: Estudibasic)

The interior of Drop XL features solid laminated wood flooring, and in its default configuration contains a porch, bedroom, lounge, and bathroom with shower and bath – though this layout can be configured to suit. There's also a small decking area outside that affords easier access to the raised dwelling.

Entrance is gained via a large sliding door and there's a large bulbous window at each end, with a skylight running along the center of the ceiling. The home is built from wood, steel, glass, and aluminum, and each unit will be prefabricated in a factory before being transported to its ultimate destination by truck.

A company rep told Gizmag that plans are afoot to to make the concept into a purchasable product "soon," but there's no definite word yet on availability or pricing. Additional options will be "plentiful" and will include off-grid technology such as solar power.

Below is a closer look at the Drop XL.

Source: IN-TENTA

cabin DROP XL

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3 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is really nice. Instead of a 'time capsule', it is more like a 'life capsule'. I think they did an excellent job on it. All it would need is a tiny kitchenette and it would be complete.
Ben Mullison
Living off the grid is inherently less environmentally friendly than urban living. Putting you little house on stilts doesn't make up for the damage from driving however many miles into town when you go grocery shopping. You want to save the environment? Stay away from it.
Desert Tripper
Wow, the outside view looks like a screenshot from the MYST series...