THE POP-UP PAD

An Ecospace pre­fab is one of the most ver­sa­tile small spa­ces money can buy. And now they are beau­ti­ful in­side and out

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It’s easy to be in­stantly se­duced by the ex­te­rior de­sign of a con­cept like the Ecospace – a cus­tomis­able, ar­chi­tec­turally led pre­fab­ri­cated pod – and not think too much in ad­vance about the in­te­rior. But the images shown here, shot by renowned fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Ben Beno­liel, high­light just how func­tional and stylish an Ecospace can be.

Cre­ated by Lon­don-based IPT Ar­chi­tects, Ecospaces come in a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes and can be made in al­most any size, from a sim­ple gar­den shed to a com­plete hol­i­day home. The com­pact build­ing shown here is like an ul­tra-de­sir­able bun­ga­low. Clad in ther­mally in­su­lat­ing cedar­wood on the out­side and birch ply­wood on the in­side, it has full-length win­dows, a bi­jou kitchen and study and a ‘crash space’ for loung­ing or stor­age tucked away on a mez­za­nine level. Hand­made sus­tain­able fur­nish­ings by Ad­ven­tures in Fur­ni­ture and beau­ti­ful es­tab­lished plants from Ber­mond­sey florist Uluntu com­ple­ment Ecospaces’ use of en­vi­ron­men­tally conscious ma­te­ri­als and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, demon­strat­ing just how homely and stylish these pods can look.

Like what you see? Ecospaces start from £9,950 and you can choose to add ex­tra fea­tures on top, from un­der­floor heat­ing and wood-burn­ing stoves to so­lar pan­els and se­dum-planted roofs. The com­pany will take care of any plan­ning per­mis­sion and build­ing reg­u­la­tion sub­mis­sions that need to be made and, as most of the con­struc­tion takes place off site, a sim­ple gar­den room can be built, fit­ted out and made ready for use within five days (ecospaces­tu­dios.com).

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