This modular hotel room is off the grid

Posted by Beth Buczynski, EarthTechling

I just moved into a new apartment in a smallish Colorado city called Longmont. One of my favorite things about the new place is that all windows look out over farm fields with the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the background. Heaven. It makes me wonder what it would be like to wake up surrounded by wilderness every day…

The Green Zero is a new style of modular housing that could make it easy to getaway into the woods for some peace and tranquility. With a wooden prefab exterior built on top of a natural stone foundation, this solar-powered dwelling can be placed just about anywhere without giving up any of the comforts of a modern hotel room.

Designed Italian architect Daniele Menichini, Green Zero is a single bedroom dwelling that employs a striking minimalist design. It lacks a kitchen, but does have a bathroom, making it the perfect low-impact guest house, backyard office, or just an off-grid getaway in your favorite vacation destination.

Powered by thin-film solar panels, the Green Zero’s exterior made of wood and features a natural stone foundation. A rainwater management system and drainage system are well integrated so as not to disrupt the room’s peaceful aesthetics.

Green Zero

Image via Studio di Architettura Daniele Menichini

“Even though the room is made for two, there is ample space to fit many more people should the occasion call for it,” reports Inhabitat. “Huge windows that open out onto a patio and porch area make the home especially spectacular as they link to the surrounding environment, allowing inhabitants to lose themselves in the enveloping greenery.”

More images of Green Zero available at Design-Milk.

* Beth Buczynski, EarthTechling