Pod House

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Exhibited in the 2012 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. ‘House for an Embalmer + Radio Ham – Canterbury City Wall’ is a prototype house proposal developed by William at The Kent Institute of Art and Design – Canterbury.

The prototype explores the possibility of a fully self sufficient pod dwelling. Taking inspiration from anatomical circulation and yacht mast technology, the pods (organs) are supported by and circulate around a central mast (spine). The mast supports 10 complete pods and a solar capture pod with the top of the mast housing a wind turbine.

Conceived as an experimental home for an Embalmer who is a amateur Radio Ham. Each pod serves a different programme circulating the functional and physical needs of the occupant zonally. By harnessing wind power, solar power, ground heat, rain water capture and recycling grey water the power generation and water for the house can all be generated locally. By utilising aquaponic growing technologies the grow pods can provide fresh vegetables and fish all year round. Attached by horizontal bracing to the medi-evil Canterbury City Wall the house uses the wall walkway as its access point. The prototype can be freestanding but can also be connected together to form a pod cluster, sharing utilities. Like a body with no skin, the construction of the prototype allows for ease of adaptation and reconfiguration.