Nowadays the concept of imagination has indefinitely caught up with the most of our world. Gone are the days whereby only science fiction writers and movie makers created visionary ideas that could possibly be the future. The future it seems is happening now.
Igor Zacek (left) with co-founders of Ecocapsule Sona Pohlova (middle) and Tomas Zacek (right) - Image credits Tomas Manina and Juraj Fifik
And if Ecocapsule is anything to go by, well the now is looking more visionary than ever before.
The story of Ecocapsule was certainly not written by science fiction writers. Rather the Ecocapsule story comes from a group of young architects. Architects who saw the need for change.
One of the architects is Igor Zacek, based in Bratislava, Slovakia. He spoke to FirstStep.me about the Ecocapsule project, his global career ambitions and how managing a business is all about common sense!
Igor whom along with his older brother Tomas Zacek and Sona Pohlova, co-founded Ecocapsule as a project that had the potential to change the modern living environment of earth’s population. Seven years on they managed to start up a business which does exactly that.
“We started off the project by entering into a design competition that allowed us to be open in our interpretation. A strategy that we actually use in our everyday workings. Ecocapsule is our solution to the future of individual housing. It is a change from conventional thinking but the key is that it makes sense. ” says Igor.
The architectural business of Ecocapsule with Igor Zacek - image courtesy of Ecocapsule
Referred to as a “Smart Home”, Ecocapsule is energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, has easy mobility and resembles an egg like shape with a windmill. It is a home that smacks of creative genius with a touch of awesome! And once you observe and understand the concept of its self-sustainability, it certainly makes sense too! Suitable for various uses, ranging from mobile homes to the hospitality industry – it could even be the solution many parents are looking for in terms of student housing!
“Becoming an architect was my first choice of study. I wanted to understand a topic and bring it to reality. It is a form of closeness an architect develops with a project that provides new challenges and even problems that makes this field so interesting. Ecocapsule is a strong example of my career interests and highlights an original approach to my work,” says Igor.
As a student and a young upstart his career started off at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, from there he pursued international internships and practical experience.
“It is so important to understand what is happening in the global industry from an early stage of a career. Even in terms of our team both Tomas and Sona also studied and worked abroad within the industry. This form of exposure allows us to use this experience in our work and evolve as we grow as a business,” Igor says.
It is this evolution of creativity that asks how an Architect approaches the business world to which he answers:
“Common sense and working in a good team. The business of Ecocapsule proves just how important a team is and we still have a long way to go, so its nice to know that you have others with you on the journey. Furthermore working with family brings balance, there is a mix of real emotion and creativity in our work. In actuality there is a maturity that comes from the practicality of running a business. It is this combination of administering an enterprise and being creative that you don't often develop at a university or college.”
The architectural business of Ecocapsule with Igor Zacek - Image credits Tomas Manina and Juraj Fifik
Igor Zacek is pushing the boundaries with his career. He has gone the natural route of seeking global concepts, sparking ideas into credible products whilst creating a commercial feasibility. An architect that wants to develop change with creativity but at the same time do things without constraints. But not later on – he wants to do it now, after all there is no better time than the present and waiting, well that wouldn’t make any sense now would it?
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