Office space for pod people

Friday 09 Jul 2010

Commute to your garden for a much more relaxed and eco-friendly start to the day

As petrol prices skyrocket and the global population tries to reduce its carbon footprint, people are thinking more and more carefully about their commute to work. One of these people is Chris Sneesby. A former Bid Manager, Sneesby has taken it upon himself get the public to work from home to reduce their carbon footprints and prevent them from having to endure the ‘onerous and expensive’ daily journey to and from the communal office, by creating a small sustainably-built garden office called the Archipod.

The spherical pods are constructed predominantly using timber, which Sneesby affirms is ‘the world’s most replenishable construction material’, in prefabricated segments so it can be assembled onsite. Each separate piece of the pod puzzle is small enough to be manoeuvred through a house so it’s pretty much a case of one size fits all! Each Archipod comes equipped with electric heating, power sockets, a hinged roof to maximise natural sunlight and ventilation, an ergonomic semicircular desk, external cladding using Western Red Cedar Shingles and a gas strut assisted gullwing door.

Using timber as the main building material not only adds an environmentally-friendly element to the design, but it is light and easy to work with, insulates well and doesn’t suffer from the sort of condensation problems you get with steel or masonry. Taking only 4-5 weeks from the beginning of construction to completion, Sneesby’s Archipods are a simple, green and time-efficient answer to many home-professional’s problems. Windows are kept to a minimum to reduce potential distraction levels, however the canny design means that the pod can be moved around the garden should you undergo a new landscape design project. Problem solved.

Sian Disson
News Editor

Prices start from £12,000 plus VAT. To visit Sneesby’s website and find out more about the Archipod, click here .

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