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