manuel villa arquitecto: polyhedron pod manuel villa arquitecto: polyhedron pod
aug 09, 2010

manuel villa arquitecto: polyhedron pod

‘polyhedron pod’ by manuel villa arquitecto all images courtesy of manuel villa arquitecto



colombia-based manuel villa arquitecto has completed a habitable polyhedron dwelling for a backyard in bogota. designed for a couple and their newborn son, the aim of ‘polyhedron pod’ is to create a space separate from the domestic environment for leisure activities such as reading. the mini-villa also serves as a bridge to reconnect with nature and the surrounding landscape.


the design features an expansive wooden deck leading up to a set of glass and steel doors. built-in furniture in the interior includes a desk, cupboards, shelving, and a bench. the walls are left in its natural, untreated teak form on the inside, while a black, honeycomb-patterned skin wraps the outside.


the shape and algorithm of the structure was determined after a number of model studies. the finished form was chosen for its versatility, adaptability and structure.



(left) view of the interior from the outside (right) entrance


back window




(left) in context (right) night view


(left) entryway (right) interior space



diagram of the pod’s versatility


form study


model and construction


fold out








sectional sketch



  • Pretty, amazing

    a must have.

    izanafu says:
  • I love it. Must have indeed. First I need a garden.

    amanda says:
  • Nice project ! 🙂
    I need same thing for my garden

    sakio says:
  • amazing
    i like sketches

    conquer says:
  • how much migth it cost?

    Enrique says:
  • Sooooo gorgeous. I don’t care about the price, I need it. Like yesterday.

    C.S.M says:
  • I could live there!

    Jaime Joel Rodríguez Santiago says:
  • Does the octagonal deck in front hinge up to protect the glazed face? If a remote, wooded structure, vulnerable to break ins, that might be a nice added feature.

    gcrbook says:
  • What do you do about waste water and potable water? Or, does it need a companion shelter to accommodate those issues?

    Cool looking structure but a little tight in space.

    Patrick J. Meehan, AIA, AICP says:

    I would like it in ‘house’ size please, stat.

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    Crystal says:
  • good idea but could develop further. The architect didn’t use the full potential of the truncated icosehadron. A respactable start though

    Turk says:
  • Superb! Imagine four of them with a centralised covered roof & glass. Warm and cosy d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Yeah, and live like a bee… :S
    I could be the queen of village 😀

    Maya says:
  • an interesting form, good work..

    ein says:
  • creazy idea, saw something in somewhere in New

    princeJ. says:
  • Really good! says:
  • Amazing…so georgeous…really smart art

    erdiana kartikasari says:

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