About an hour south of Silicon Valley sits Walden Monterey, a 609-acre California coastal community which serves as a respite for those needing to recharge their batteries — especially the region’s leaders in tech. Now, Walden Monterey will soon provide a new place for individuals to live without the need to rough in traditional tents or cabins. The design studio DFA, founded by Laith Sayigh, was approached by Walden Monterey to design a house for potential buyers to stay in while they mull over purchase decisions.
The Galini Sleeping Pod is designed as a fully self-sustaining, zero impact structure. The 300-square-foot sleeping accommodation with shower, sink and toilet can be shipped to remote locations and placed in the landscape with very little impact on the site natural system. Four legs covering 13-square-feet in total suspend the pod off the ground allowing for plants and animals to not be displaced and exist beneath. Drawing its water supply from an atmospheric water generator and recycling all wastewater by means of organic filtration, the pod has no impact on the local environment and local water table.
The electrical supply is generated through the combination of both wind and solar technology. Galini’s structure is 97% waste efficient in its construction through the use of 3D printed technology,consisting of a Carbon Fiber Infused Bio-Material that can be skinned in various materials according to needs. DFA has worked alongside Branch Technologies, out of Tennessee, to develop the 3D printing Structure.