Oculus Pod is a concept design inspired by succulents, desert organisms with the ability to shade themselves to reduce the internal temperature. A unique ability, which allows them to survive even the extreme temperatures of desert climates.
With this biomimetic approach, the Oculus Pod architecture has the adaptability as a comet star. The habitable module transforms into different configurations depending on the time of day, climate or user needs. Oculus Pod meets the needs of users, whether it's stargazing or wildlife viewing. And it is made for the night: in the desert it is normal for the greatest activities to be concentrated at night. That's when the heat recedes.
A module for living in the desert
The Oculus Pod is designed with a versatile shading system: it contracts and retracts as needed. At its top, the system folds down to reveal a frameless acrylic dome, which gives its inhabitants stunning views of the Milky Way.
Designed by AIDIA Studio, Oculus Pod retracts its enclosure during the day to open the front of the module, thus revealing the main entrance. When privacy is needed, the cover can be fully unfolded and also helps filter heat, allowing natural light to illuminate the room inside. When fully 'closed', the Oculus Pod blends in and blends into its surroundings, becoming imperceptible even to wildlife.
Oculus Pod, nature inspires and teaches
The self-shading that dresses the cabin has been designed to improve environmental performance. Oculus Pod's panels are inspired by nature as several desert species feature thick outer skin, folds and fins that they use to diffuse heat and solar radiation. The same idea is realized in the sixty articulated shading panels. A system that creates a dense network to protect the cabin. The panels are denser as they get closer to the top. A way to adapt to the shape of the curvature while also increasing the reflective capacity.
Could the solar panels be missing? No, and indeed there are. And they are DSSC solar cells, flexible and of the latest generation. They are able to produce photovoltaic electricity even in low light conditions, providing the necessary for each Oculus Pod. Each module is also equipped with a water tank with a filtering and recycling system for waste water.