A gar­den pod can make a com­fort­able of­fice-away-from-the-of­fice. Ruth Hamil­ton ex­plores the coolest op­tions around

T3 India - - Horizon Living -

The num­ber of peo­ple work­ing from home is ris­ing. Al­though this op­tion has clear perks, it can be tricky to tune back into home life if your of­fice space is star­ing at you from the cor­ner of your liv­ing room. En­ter of­fice pods. These slick mini of­fices perch at the end of your gar­den, pro­vid­ing enough space to work com­fort­ably while keep­ing home sep­a­rate.

Pod has picked up sev­eral Red Dot de­sign awards for its range of in­no­va­tive of­fices. Our favourite is the Lite Pod 2, an open-plan stu­dio clad in larch. One side of the pod is en­tirely glass, and dig­i­tally con­trolled un­der­floor heat­ing en­sures your toes stay toasty.

A sim­i­lar but cheaper op­tion is the Solo Ul­tra from Smart Gar­den Of­fices. A neat rec­tan­gu­lar foot­print packs in 70 square feet of space, and generous, dou­ble-glazed French doors of­fer a con­nec­tion to na­ture you’d strug­gle to find in most of­fices.

Archi­pod’s USP is that its pods are en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. They’re su­per-in­su­lated, with a large cir­cu­lar sky­light that floods the space with natural light. These pods per­haps win out in the style stakes, too – the dis­tinc­tive hazel­nut shape is big­ger on the in­side than it looks on the out­side, while also pro­vid­ing some un­doubtable Hob­bit-hole ap­peal.

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