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Wednesday, 14 April 2010 05:27

Introducing the Archipod: the latest in garden room office design and a contemporary alternative to office overheads or that dismal commute to work. The Archipod will be unveiled to consumers for the first time at this year's Grand Designs Live London.

With advances in computer and networking technology, increasing travel costs and road congestion, working from home is becoming an increasingly feasible alternative to the everyday office commute for many professionals.

Designed around the notion that a garden building should be functional yet also part of the garden landscape, the UK-designed Archipod represents the latest solution to the present working from home dilemma, containing all of the modern comforts of a compact office.

Archipod's 'pod' office is unique in that it consists of a 3m diameter sphere rather than the conventional square box that sits in the corner of the garden. It offers an aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sustainable and practical alternative to a traditional garden office.

Designed by founding members Chris Sneesby and Rebecca Thompson and manufactured near York by Archipod Ltd, the 'pod' is constructed predominantly from timber, the world's most replenish-able construction material. It is insulated to a standard exceeding that of current Building Regulations. The structure is prefabricated in sections that are sized to allow all parts to be carried through a house. Alternatively, if the site does have easy access for lifting equipment, the whole structure can be craned into position on site. So, no matter where you live, you will be able to get the 'pod' into your back garden.

An Archipod office will not generally require Planning Permission and is delivered and installed as an integrated package, only requiring an electricity supply and a telephone connection from the house.

The 'pod' comes fitted with the following features:

  • Electric heating
  • Power sockets
  • Data outlets
  • Hinged roof dome to maximise natural light and ventilation
  • Double glazed stainless steel porthole window
  • Dimmable spotlights and concealed background lighting
  • An ergonomic semicircular desk, finished in a range of 'Marmoleum' colours to the customer's choice.
  • Decorated plastered walls (so none of the visible jointing strips visible seen on prefinished walls of other garden buildings)
  • External cladding of Western Red Cedar Shingles
  • Gas strut assisted gullwing door

Due to its unique shape and the generous natural light from the roof dome, the 'pod' actually looks more spacious inside than its outside would suggest.

Consumers curious about the pod will be able to see and get a feel for it in the GRAND Village sponsored by first direct at this year's Grand Designs Live London, which will take place from the 1st – 9th May 2010, at ExCeL Centre.

Grand Designs Live is the UK's No.1, award winning consumer show for design and inspiration for your home, Grand Designs Live, returns to London for the sixth year, running across nine days from 1st – 9th May 2010 at ExCeL in London's Docklands.

Based on the hugely popular and successful Channel 4 TV series – presented by design guru Kevin McCloud – Grand Designs Live London brings together over 500 exhibitors and seven separate shows from GRAND Interiors, GRAND Build sponsored by VELUX, GRAND Kitchens sponsored by Miele, GRAND Bathrooms, GRAND Gardens sponsored by Cuprinol, GRAND Technology sponsored by Philips and the amazing Grand Village sponsored by first direct. Visitors will be able to buy, build and furnish your home, all under one roof.

Book tickets now and save £5* through www.granddesignlive.com , or call the 24 hour box office on 0844 581 0771 + kids go free.


Ticket Information:

Open daily 10am – 6pm

Standard prices                                                 Advanced                            On the door

Weekdays (Tuesday – Friday)                           £10                                           £15

Weekends                                                              £13                                           £18

(Incl Bank Holiday Monday)

Children (aged 15 or under)                          Free (ticket is required)

Group Discounts. Bring your friends and save even more, with great discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call 0800 358 0058 for further details on group discounts.

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