Creating a small, personal refuge in the backyard is not a new idea. Most of those who have houses have put either a rocking chair or a hammock in their yards, to relax and spend some time away from the hassle and bustle of everyday life. Some went even further and set up a small gazebo or a pavilion. However, one architectural firm from the UK wanted to bring something completely new and created Archipod, a spherical, eco-friendly refuge. Podzook came as its American counterpart, the first U.S. licensed manufacturer of Archipods.
Upon seeing the Archipod spherical domes, Judy Bernier instantly fell in love with them. However, unfortunately for her, at that time they were available only in the UK. Instead of longing wistfully for them, she decided to do something about it. She contacted Chris Sneesby, the architect who first invented the domes and together they came up with Podzook. The newest invention is now available in the United States and Canada. The Podzook spheres are made in Maine from local resources such as cedar wood shingles and recycled blue jean insulation.
Each pod is made from curved plywood and features encapsulated insulation. Foil insulation, vapor barrier and fiberglas reinforcements are used to make sure air leakages are minimized. The interior is finished with plasterboard. The architectural team also used matte zero-VOC, zero-emissions paints. The floor is lined with hardwoood. Moreover, the Podzook is also equipped with heating components for the floor, perfect for the cold seasons.
Podzooks are mostly used as offices or relaxation areas. However they can be shaped into playrooms, tree houses, studios and meditation rooms as well. Of course, taking into consideration its bespoke status, the Podzook will not come cheap. Such a pod sells for prices ranging from $32.000 to $40.000. Would you like to add one to your backyard?
Originally posted 2015-12-30 19:13:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter