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The Escape Pod

Everyone needs a space they love, a room that inspires them and a place where they can work, relax, entertain, play, create and even escape!

The Escape pod is the culmination of two passionate people – Dominic Ash and Jeremy Fitter who have pooled in their year’s experience as furniture designer and engineer.

From the Podmakers –

The Escape Pod is an elliptical, organic, rotating pod. An engineered, unique outdoor space which can be used as a garden office, studio, snug or retreat.

The escape pod

Elliptical, organic pod

Designed and crafted in the Gloucestershire countryside in UK, the Escape Pod was born out of a desire to create a beautiful, striking outdoor structure. One that nestles into its environment, is made to a high-quality finish and is contemporary in style. A unique space to escape to, the Escape Pod offers a place to work, meditate, socialise or sleep.

The Escape Pod, Cross laminated timber

The curved form

To achieve its curved form, the pod’s design exploits innovative CNC milling and making techniques. This enables it to be fabricated with precision in the workshop, entirely from wood. Birch plywood, chosen for its strength and aesthetic qualities, forms the structure.

The Escape Pod interior view

Interiors – Birch plywood

Interiors and Exteriors –

It is exposed internally; from the pod’s framework to the bespoke laminated door hinge. Externally, the pod is clad with cedar shingles and the stairs and window sills are clad in European Oak, which has natural weather resilient properties. Over time the Cedar and Oak develop a silver hue, allowing the pod to blend harmoniously into its surroundings.

The Escape Pod, Cedar shingles

Cedar shingles for exteriors

The organic nature of the Escape Pod’s materials contrasts with the engineering employed in its design. Amongst its most impressive features is an aircraft style plug door with a unique wooden hinge mechanism. The pod sits on a raised platform half a metre from the ground which allows it to be rotated – by lifting the steps, it is spun to face the desired direction.

The Escape Pod, Podmakers

Raised platform eases rotation

Each pod can be tailored to suit the clients’ needs, from the window placement and internal finish to the integrated fittings and furnishings.

The Escape Pod, Pod section drawing

Mini Pod utilizes 7 m2


The Escape Pod, Joinery details

Joinery detail

Heating (woodburner or underfloor), electrics and insulation options can also be incorporated. The price of the Escape Pod starts at £19,800 but will vary slightly, depending on style specifications.

The Escape Pod, Fireplace

Cosy, warm space

About the Podmakers –

Dominic Ash and Jeremy Fitter have collaborated to create the Escape Pod, a union of high-quality furniture design and a desire to engineer small spaces. Podmakers benefits greatly from working closely with Dominic Ash Ltd and the 30 years of design experience Dominic brings to the team.

After a Master’s in civil engineering, specialising in treehouse design, Jeremy’s ideas were planted on more solid ground after working for Dominic Ash Ltd. Combining his engineering background with a passion for creating imaginative spaces has propelled Jeremy to create the escape pod.


The Escape Pod, Sketch, Sketchup view

A mini Office..?


The Escape Pod

A cosy snug


The Escape Pod

A mini studio (away from typical studio)


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As the saying goes – good things come in small packages, the escape pod is definitely a pick for a mini office, studio or playful creative space!

Project details – 


Project name – The Escape Pod

Designer/Artist – Podmakers Ltd

Lead Designer’s  – Dominic Ash/Jeremy Fitter

Website –

Project location – Gloucestershire, UK

Completion Year – 2017

Photography Credits – © Tim Brotherton

Product details – 

Products – Birch Plywood, Perspex, European Oak, Cedar Shingles

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