Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rotunda Living

Rotunda Living is now up and running for those of you with a penchant for circular shedworking. Pictured above and below is their first 4m pod, modelled by the company's founder Gemma Roe and her new baby, which you can now see at their show site in Knutsford (and on their Facebook page)

Gemma says the aim is to produce "ecologically friendly circular micro-buildings and garden rooms for your mind, body and soul". They're partially inspired by the Mongolian Yurt but are designed as holistic ‘pods’ for yoga, meditation and feng shui purposes ("circular buildings naturally promote the flow of positive energy and are beautiful, restful spaces in which to spend your time," says Gemma).

The pods have a central rooflight dome and are circular, timber framed, fully insulated buildings with an estimated natural lifespan of more than 50 years. They come in various sizes from the micro-3m diameter garden studio to the 6m or 8m diameter with options such as a log burning stove, seedum roofing, reed bed water filtration systems, solar panels and bespoke storage and furniture. Larch, oak and sweet chestnut are locally sourced.

"We believe that our built environment affects our psychology on a daily basis and can certainly affect our well-being on both a physical and emotional level," says Gemma. "Our human connection with round buildings is hard-wired into our subconscious; round is a familiar and soothing shape in nature, from birds nests and unfurling ferns to the swirling events in our atmosphere. Our ancient Ancestral homes were round and beautiful. Yurts, igloos, wigwams and tipis."

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