These futuristic SeaPods are expected to launch by the end of 2023 – Robb Report

Aquatic life is now even more appealing thanks to Ocean Builders.

The Panama-based company, which specializes in innovative marine technologies, has just unveiled a new fleet of pod homes designed for life on the ocean. The unique residences combine quality know-how with the latest green technologies to allow you to live both comfortably and sustainably on the seas.

The range includes three models which were each written by the Dutch architect Koen Olthuis. The SeaPod is designed for aquatic life, the GreenPod is designed for land, and the EcoPod is the eco-friendly option. Considered the world’s first eco-restorative floating home, the SeaPod was designed to address the lack of space in sought-after beach destinations.

The interior of the EcoPod.

“Every day, thousands of people around the world move closer to the 15 major metropolitan cities within 80km of a coastline, a trend that will continue to grow,” said Ocean Builders CEO Grant Romundt, in a press release.

Essentially, elevated offshore structures give travelers and residents a chance to live on the water in luxury. Each pod sits nearly eight feet above the waves and offers 830 square feet of living space. The interior, spread over three levels, includes a master bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom and ample storage space. Each home is also equipped with 575 square feet of picture windows and a patio for unobstructed ocean views.

They are also smart modules. Special software allows residents to control everything from lighting and temperature to shower heat and water pressure. Each pod also comes with a wearable smart ring for the owner. With a wave of your hand, you can unlock doors, put on music and more.

If that’s not futuristic enough, a fleet of drones will be used to drop food, medicine and everyday items into the pods, while larger autonomous ships will make larger deliveries like furniture and luggages. There will also be another autonomous ship to pick up trash and clean up the area.

A drone dropping off a delivery on an EcoPod.

A drone dropping off a delivery on an EcoPod.

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As for the eco-restorative part, Ocean Builders claims to have developed a way to create a natural habitat for ocean life under each home. This, in turn, will help create thriving underwater ecosystems.

“We were driven by the opportunity to change and challenge traditional models of real estate and tourism and create first-class living experiences that can give back to our ocean environment,” adds Romundt.

The pods are currently manufactured in Panama and will be installed there for the first year. Eventually, the pods will be shipped elsewhere. Available to order starting in September, the houseboats start at around $295,000 and can go up to $1.5 million depending on upgrades and customization. Ocean Builders says it will have the first 100 custom pods in production or shipped by the end of 2023. It also says the second rollout of 1,000 pods will begin in 2024.

Bring aquatic life.

Click here to see all photos of the SeaPod and EcoPod.


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