Waugh Thistleton Architects

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Pod 1
Pod 2
Pod 3

Location

Various locations, London

Status

Completed
2012

Client

Pod

RIBA workstages

Concept to Completion

We worked with the founders of quality food and ethical business Pod to translate their brand ethos into a series of simple and ethically aware high street eateries.

Approach 

Whilst each outlet has an element of contextual design, all are united by a shared design language, and carefully curated palette of natural and locally sourced materials.

Sweet chestnut is used to create bespoke benches, seating and till units, lending a warm and natural aesthetic, whilst traditional kitchen wall tiles, exposed services and stainless steel finishes lend the spaces a contemporary, industrial edge. The sweet chestnut we used is a sustainable hardwood, coppiced in England, and accredited by the FSA.

Each outlet has an open layout, encouraging informal interaction between customers and staff, and a relaxed seating area for eating in. We also introduced a public facing recycling station to each venue, that provides a bin to dispose of food for composting, a sink to wash out food packaging, and a dedicated recycling bin for rinsed packaging. A bin clearly marked for waste bound for landfill underpins the incentive to recycle. The concept is designed to instil best practice in Pod establishments, and encourage behavioural change industry-wide.