After failing to find peace and quiet working from home, Melbourne-based designer Jason Fremder started working in his car. That experience prompted him to create a small optimized space for work and recreation that would make it easier for him to juggle his personal and professional life. Together with his father-in-law and architect Selwyn Blackstone, he created the Harwyn pod, a tiny prefab workspace that can be assembled on site in less than five hours.
Inspired by the mechanical strength and high protection levels found in European luxury car design, Harwyn pods can be used as art studios, recreation spaces or just a quite, distraction-free place to study. They come fully outfitted with electrical equipment and furniture, including a desk and cabinets with adjustable shelves, and boast a shimmering ACM exterior finish. Three packages – the Prestige, Professional and Luxury – come with custom features such as LED lighting, TV, remote color blinds and a state-of-the art sound system.
All that’s needed to erect the prefab cube is a space of two and a half meters by two meters. Harwyn pods were designed to exceed the rating of most domestic and commercial developments in terms of energy efficiency, but the official energy rating for the pods depend on the particulars of the site and chosen optional extras. Constructed with dual barriers against the Australian sun, the pods have an external skin that acts as an initial barrier against solar radiation, while a series of fully insulated structural panels provide a second layer.