John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
The free-range office trend reaches new heights of ridiculousness.
There once was a time when doing office work outside the office meant heading to a coffee shop. But more and more people are choosing to co-work—going to a communal space populated by strangers that’s not your office, but very much like an office.
And now you can pretend to be an office drone in a tree. Architecture firm Tate Harmer (watch out, Tate!), artist Natalie Jeremijenko, and others have built an elevated co-working space in London with a floor impaled by a living trunk. Called TREExOFFICE, the little pod has all the amenities of a real corporate HQ, including electricity, Internet, and that one coworker who’s always interrupting your flow to goof off.
The temporary structure in Hoxton Square is part of the city’s Park Hack initiative, which is meant to test “new innovative models that sustain and enhance public open spaces,” according to Groundwork London. Groundwork explains more:
Built around a tree, this pop-up office, London’s newest and most unique office space enables those who work here to both connect with and give back to nature. Those who hire the space will be directly supporting the local environment, with income generated being reinvested into Hackney’s parks and green spaces. TREExOFFICE is also featured in the London Festival of Architecture that is taking place this month.
From today, the eight workspaces in the TREExOFFICE are available for businesses, creative workers and community groups to hire for the next seven months. It is equipped with a power supply and WiFi and has the capability to also host small meetings or intimate events. Community groups can book the TREExOFFICE free of charge on weekends.
Those who want to rent the tree house can inquire here—though be warned I’ve already booked it for the weekend of June 20th. Me and some friends are going to throw water balloons at people and then read old copies of Playboy we found in the woods:
H/t MOCO Submissions