If the coconut-shaped Podzook pod looks familiar, you’re most likely thinking of the Archipod, the British-designed original. Waldoboro-based Judy Bernier founded the Podzook company last year after she fell in love with Archipod and was determined to own one even after Archipod inventor, Chris Sneesby, said he couldn’t ship his prefabs to the U.S. due to prohibitive export costs. Bernier and Sneesby agreed that the only way to affordably bring Archipod to North America was if Bernier founded her own company, and thus Podzook, the first U.S. licensed manufacturer of Archipods, was started.
Each made-to-order pod is built from curved plywood with encapsulated insulation, from high-performance foil insulation and vapor barrier to fiberglass reinforcement that minimizes air leakage. The interior is finished with plasterboard as well as matte zero-VOC, zero-emissions paints. Reclaimed hardwood lines the floors and is equipped with radiant floor heating components. A spaceship-like gull-wing door provides access to the interior, which is filled with natural light through a large skylight and porthole window. The unit is 9 feet and 6 inches in diameter and stands 8 feet and 3 inches tall. Built like a plug-and-play RV, the pod includes lights, three electrical outlets, and a data port.
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The sculptural pods are most popularly used as office spaces, but can also be adapted as playhouses, workshops, studios, meditation rooms, and even tree houses. The Podzook/Archipod’s high quality standards and customizable design means that the pod won’t come cheap—the starting price range will set you back between $32,000 to $40,000.
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Images via Podzook, Archipod