This prefab Escape Pod rotates to catch the suns rays

November 21, 2017 by  
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Dreaming of your very own backyard escape? The cozy Escape Pod may be just what you’re looking for. UK-based firm Podmakers designed and crafted the Escape Pod, a cedar shingle-clad prefabricated unit that can be tailored to suit a variety of uses, including garden room and writer’s studio. The spherical unit takes inspiration from nature, from its round organic shape to the extensive use of timber inside and out. Designed to meet local UK planning laws, each 7-square-meter Escape Pod is built offsite in a Gloucestershire workshop and then delivered and installed using a forklift or crane. The pod is elevated half a meter off the ground and can be rotated to optimize natural light and views through European Oak-framed windows. An aircraft-style plug door opens up to a snug adaptable interior outfitted with insulation, electrical wiring, and heating (choice of a wood-burning stove or underfloor heating). “The organic nature of the Escape Pod’s materials contrasts with the engineering employed in its design,” write Podmakers. “To achieve its curved form, the pod’s design exploits innovative CNC milling and making techniques. This enables it to be fabricated with precision in the workshop, entirely from wood. Birch plywood , chosen for its strength and aesthetic qualities, forms the structure. It is exposed internally; from the pod’s framework to the bespoke laminated door hinge.” Related: Archipod’s Spherical Garden Office Pod The base price for the Escape Pod starts at £19,800. Podmakers developed four recommended layouts—garden room, office, snug (bedroom), and work studio—however the pod can be customized to meet different needs. + Podmakers Via ArchDaily Images © Tim Brotherton

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Tiny cave-like cabin pops up in the Welsh Hills

July 3, 2017 by  
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If adventure with comfort is your cup of tea, you’ll love off-grid glamping at Arthur’s Cave. Inspired by the legendary cave where King Arthur and his traveling knights took refuge, this cavernous cabin offers a bit of mystique with all the comforts of home. Miller Kendrick Architects designed this contemporary cave-like cabin that was one of eight winning entries for the Epic Retreats’ pop-up hotels in Wales. The competition-winning Arthur’s Cave was constructed in four weeks early June. The mobile one-room hotel popped up in Snowdonia for nearly a month and will spring up on the Llyn Peninsula from July 10 to September 11. The unique cabin sleeps two in a double bed starting at £425 for two nights. Designed to blend in with its rural surroundings, the asymmetrical 12-square-meter cabin is surprisingly modern in style. CNC-milled birch plywood make up the cabin’s ribbed skeleton, cut in such a way to create its cavernous appearance. Plywood was also used for the furnishings, fixtures, and fittings. Locally sourced black-stained Welsh larch clads the cabin, while sheep’s wool, also locally sourced, is used for insulation. Related: Sleep beneath the northern lights in this unique Iceland bubble A wood-burning stove provides heat to the off-grid cabin, and hot and cold water is available. Solar panels power LED lighting . The cabin is also equipped with a composting toilet. The large glazed opening frames views of the outdoors and lets in plenty of natural light. Bookings and inquiries can be made on Epic Retreats’ website . + Miller Kendrick Architects Images via Miller Kendrick Architects

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Twentypence Transforms Locally-Sourced and Reclaimed Wood into Nature-Inspired Fall Clocks

November 6, 2014 by  
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New Jersey-based product design studio Twentypence just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Fall Clocks , a collection of elegant wall clocks made from locally sourced and reclaimed wood. The clock faces are CNC-milled from solid wood three-quarters inch thick, and then hand sanded and sealed with a water-based UV clear coat. The leaf-like clock hands are laser cut from aluminum and then powder-coated for a vibrant finish. One hundred of the clocks produced will be crafted from salvaged wood found across the U.S. The local wood species used include red oak, maple, heart pine, and walnut. You can head over to the Fall Clocks Kickstarter to get your hands on one of their fresh cut early bird specials. + Fall Clocks Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cnc cut wood , cnc-milled wood , fall clocks , kickstarter , laser cut , locally sourced wood , nature inspired , reader submitted content , reclaimed wood , salvaged wood , Twentypence , wood clock , wooden clock

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Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

November 6, 2014 by  
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Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

March 3, 2014 by  
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