New York City-based studio POD Design+Media has designed the PODhouse, a sustainable prefab module built by Robust Outdoor Brands that can be used as a “backyard office or as secret holiday hideaway.”
Located in Flims, Switzerland, PODhotel is an eco POD hotel made of three very well insulated PODhouses to provide affordable accommodation and maximum comfort during even the most extreme weather.
The PODhotel’s PODS are equipped with beds, lighting, electricity, and heating and can be booked from $62 to $90 per night during the winter season, depending of the size of the POD.
You can also own your own POD: they come in three different sizes and are delivered fully assembled. Prices range from around $11,000 to around $22,000, depending of the size of the POD.
PODhouse by Robust Outdoor Brands:
“The Swiss design firm ROB GmbH (Robust Outdoor Brands), has come up with a simple low-impact housing solution. Named the PODhouse, these prefabricated modules create a great sustainable micro home for the garden, a backyard office or even a secret holiday hideaway. The prototypes have been in development since 2003 and have since been optimized, tested and improved to create this final product now available for purchase.
The PODhouse idea was originally conceived to improve the popular holiday adventure experience of camping during the winter months in the Swiss Alps. The Pods have been thus made using FSC certified wood and are made to withstand the elements whilst also minimizing any impact on the surrounding environment. With rugged durability, good insulation of the floors and walls, and double glazed windows and doors, the PODhouse guarantees a “glamping” experience for those so inclined.
For those wanting to experience a PODhouse in the wintery environment it was created for, the PODhotel in Flims, Switzerland features several PODhouses available to rent. The PODhotel offers low impact accommodation amidst untouched woodlands, with a Swiss Alps backdrop. Guests can choose between a 2-bed or 3-bed Pod equipped with heating, lighting and electricity.
Apart from a luxury winter “camping” experience, the PODhouse can be put to several uses depending on your needs or how far you want to stretch the imagination. An easy extension module provides more room to move and extends the POD by a further 2 meters (6.56 feet). The prefabricated extension simply adjoins to the original PODhouse creating an extra room for luggage, equipment, an office or living space. Further additions include a solar roof panel for electricity and heating, and an extended terrace to open onto the surrounding nature. Whilst the unit does not feature any plumbing or bathroom facilities, combining the PODhouse with a Outdoor Kitchen like the Cuebe unit will at least give you the option of doing some cooking.
The PODhouse is available in three different models for purchase and is delivered fully assembled and ready for use.”
Photos by: Markus Zimmermann
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