The Russian company BIO Architects has developed a prototype of a floating micro-hut for living in the wild. The hut was called DD16, it is completely autonomous (thanks to a solar power plant) and withstands extremely low temperatures.
The total area of the floating dwelling is 16 square meters, plus 7 meters of built-in verandah. The hut stands on pontoons and can be moved from place to place by helicopter or crane.
Now the prototype is located on the lake near Moscow and can be reached by boat. Inside DD16 there is a living room, a bedroom, a built-in kitchen and a dining table. Heat is provided by the wood stove.
The frame of the hut is made of laminated wood with insulation made of polyurethane foam. The exterior finish is made of tightly fitted composite aluminum panels.
All the necessary energy DD16 receives from solar panels, and takes water directly from the lake. To date, the prototype has already passed the first tests of winter temperatures, typical for Russian conditions. Now the module is leased, and at the same time, its tests are continuing – if they are successful, an autonomous micro-hut will be able to go on sale. The possible price of a residential unit has not yet been reported.