A little bit about us...

At Archipod our aim is to create garden office buildings specifically designed to complement a garden landscape, be efficient, ergonomic, and unusual.

A Pod being shingled in workshop
A Pod being shingled in workshop.

Our initial design, 'The Pod' is an insulated sphere of approx. 3m in diameter.

Constructed predominantly from timber, the world's most replenishable construction material, insulated to a standard exceeding that of current Building Regulations. The structure is prefabricated in sections small enough to be carried through a house. So no matter where you live, we'll be able to get the 'Pod' into your back garden.

Because of its unique shape and the generous natural light from the roof dome, the 'Pod' actually looks bigger on the inside than the outside.

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

Chris Sneesby's Fish car
Founder Chris Sneesby and his hand-built "fish car".

We are a small, friendly and flexible company.

If you have specific ideas or requirements, we would be happy to discuss these with you. Our registered office is in Wheldrake, York, North Yorkshire, with our workshop in the nearby village of Elvington, near to the Yorkshire Air Museum. Contact us

A little bit about the environment...

Having a strong environmental policy is very important to us here at Archipod. One of the major influences in starting up the company was frustration at the commuting lifestyle, with its attendant road congestion, air and noise pollution, road rage, running costs and time loss.

We want to help encourage more people to work from home by providing a high quality working environment without the need to commute and reduce environmental impact by its use.

Our key environmental design philosophies:

The 'Pod' is predominantly made from timber, which is the world's most replenishable construction material. All our timber comes from either FSC registered suppliers, or is reused from surplus manufacturing.

The design and size is optimised to minimise wastage in production.

Heating is by way of an electric panel radiator, which is the most efficient way to heat a small, independent and highly insulated space such as a garden office.

We are currently reviewing using air source heat pumps for heating and cooling.

Heat loss is minimised by the use of high standards of insulation and air tightness.

Another advantage of working in a separate garden office is that it may be unnecessary to heat the main house during the day.

The roof-light gives a high level of illumination during the day, so there is little need to resort to artificial lighting in use.

Fibreglass insulation is made from recycled glass. We are currently developing alternative claddings that can use recycled or reused materials.