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Prefab Podhouse provides for a winter escape or backyard office

The PODhouse idea was originally conceived to improve the popular holiday adventure experience of camping during the winter months
The PODhouse idea was originally conceived to improve the popular holiday adventure experience of camping during the winter months
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PODhouse creates a great sustainable micro home for the garden, a backyard office or even a holiday hideaway
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PODhouse creates a great sustainable micro home for the garden, a backyard office or even a holiday hideaway
The PODhouses feature rugged durability, good insulation of the floors and walls and double glazed windows and doors
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The PODhouses feature rugged durability, good insulation of the floors and walls and double glazed windows and doors
The PODhouse idea was originally conceived to improve the popular holiday adventure experience of camping during the winter months
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The PODhouse idea was originally conceived to improve the popular holiday adventure experience of camping during the winter months
The PODhouse idea was originally conceived to improve the popular holiday adventure experience of camping during the winter months in the Swiss Alps
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The PODhouse idea was originally conceived to improve the popular holiday adventure experience of camping during the winter months in the Swiss Alps
PODhotel in Flims, Switzerland features several PODhouses available to rent
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PODhotel in Flims, Switzerland features several PODhouses available to rent
The PODhotel offers low impact accommodation amidst a pristine Swiss Alps backdrop
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The PODhotel offers low impact accommodation amidst a pristine Swiss Alps backdrop
Available for rent throughout the year guests can choose between a 2-bed or 3-bed Pod
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Available for rent throughout the year guests can choose between a 2-bed or 3-bed Pod
The PODhouses feature rugged durability, good insulation of the floors and walls and double glazed windows and doors
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The PODhouses feature rugged durability, good insulation of the floors and walls and double glazed windows and doors
The PODhouses feature rugged durability, good insulation of the floors and walls and double glazed windows and doors
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The PODhouses feature rugged durability, good insulation of the floors and walls and double glazed windows and doors
PODhouse creates a great sustainable micro home for the garden, a backyard office or even a holiday hideaway
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PODhouse creates a great sustainable micro home for the garden, a backyard office or even a holiday hideaway
PODhotel in Flims, Switzerland features several PODhouses available to rent
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PODhotel in Flims, Switzerland features several PODhouses available to rent
The Podhouses are made using FSC certified wood and are made to withstand the elements
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The Podhouses are made using FSC certified wood and are made to withstand the elements
The PODhouse is available in two different models and are delivered fully assembled and ready for use.
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The PODhouse is available in two different models and are delivered fully assembled and ready for use.
PODhouse creates a cozy winter retreat
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PODhouse creates a cozy winter retreat
An easy extension module provides more room to move and extends the POD by a further 2 meters
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An easy extension module provides more room to move and extends the POD by a further 2 meters
PODhouse module 1
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PODhouse module 1
PODhouse module 2
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PODhouse module 2
The PODhouse is available in two different models and are delivered fully assembled and ready for use
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The PODhouse is available in two different models and are delivered fully assembled and ready for use
The Podhouses are made using FSC certified wood and are made to withstand the elements
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The Podhouses are made using FSC certified wood and are made to withstand the elements
The PODhouse is delivered fully assembled and ready for use
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The PODhouse is delivered fully assembled and ready for use

The Swiss design firm ROB GmbH (Robust Outdoor Brands), which created the portable kitchen unit Cuebe, 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.

PODhouse creates a great sustainable micro home for the garden, a backyard office or even a holiday hideaway
PODhouse creates a great sustainable micro home for the garden, a backyard office or even a holiday hideaway

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 Cuebe unit will at least give you the option of doing some cooking.

The PODhouse is available in two different models for purchase and is delivered fully assembled and ready for use. Prices for a simple PODhouse excluding a solar panel start at US$10, 830.

The cost of a night in nature at the PODhotel starts at US$61 per person.

11 comments
Griffin
No round door?
Bruce H. Anderson
Looks like a Monolithic Cabin, except fancier.
William H Lanteigne
So, it\'s a travel trailer without wheels...
Debra Rincon
I love this idea, as too many people are wasting money on big homes & use too much water, electricity & other resources that could be conserved by this type of home.
Jon A.
It\'s a $11K shed. Though, for what you\'re getting, that might be a decent price.
Richie Suraci
Very cute idea. I think one could make one for way less though.......
Graeme Harrison
I saw this earlier as the hobbit house on Lord of the Rings... But as noted, lots of remote getaways could be simpler than large houses...
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is a really cool way to go \'glamping\'. :) I think it needs a small bathroom to make it complete; who really wants to tread in the snow to relieve one self? :)
Warren Gang
I can finally pretend that I\'m a Hobbit!
Ted Bandaid
I don\'t see any toilets, but crapping indoors is overrated anyway. Dogs and cats poop in snowbanks all the time. So do homeless people. How much do they sell these for again?
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