This contemporary pod-shaped PassivPod is part of a mission to make holidays more in tune with nature. Koru Architects, an English architecture firm specializing in sustainable, low-energy design, has launched their design for a zero-carbon luxury holiday home – designed to Passivhaus standards. The PassivPod uses all natural materials, rainwater harvesting, solar PV and a wood stove – with four spacious double bedrooms and luxury features such as a hot-tub. Its organic rounded shape helps conserve heat (requiring less energy) and helps the structure blend in with its rural setting. The red Cedar shingles cladding also adds to the natural aesthetic.
PassivPod was a finalist in the 2014 Sunday Times Eco House Competition, and has recently been entered into Richard Branston’s Virgin VOOM 2016 Business Innovation Competition which offers winners up to £250,000 in business development support to help bring their vision to life. PassivPod is being launched by Koru Architects in collaboration with Strategic Management Partners. Mark Pellant, director of Koru Architects is an industry award winner for his contributions to sustainable home design. Clive Bonny of Strategic Management Partners said: “37% of UK greenhouse gases currently come from buildings. This is not sustainable. It is also a massive wasted cost when home budgets are tight. PassivPod gives people a new choice in affordable and sustainable living”.
Designed to be an eco tourism accommodation option in remote rural areas, PassivPod would run entirely off the grid as it generates all its own power. Prefabricated components would be manufactured in a factory and then assembled on-site in a matter of weeks. Koru Architects are currently developing technical plans and working towards building a full-scale prototype. Spending time in nature is known to be beneficial to health and wellbeing and this project aims to promote a connection with nature, while making the tourism sector more sustainable and contributing to rural economies through eco-tourism with a gentle footprint.
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