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Prototype pop-up tree-office opens for business in London

by Peace Chiu on Jun 11, 2015 in Architecture
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Groundwork London and Hackney Council recently launched the TreeXOffice, a new concept in co-working spaces in Hoxton Square, located in the London Borough of Hackney

Groundwork London and Hackney Council recently launched the TreeXOffice, a new concept in co-working spaces in Hoxton Square, located in the London Borough of Hackney

Built around a tree, this pop-up office, one of London's newest and most unique office spaces, enables those who work there to both connect with and give back to nature

Groundwork London and Hackney Council recently launched the TreeXOffice, a new concept in co-working spaces, in Hoxton Square, located in the London Borough of Hackney. It's the first initiative to be realised by the Park Hack project, led by the two organisations, set up to test new innovative models that sustain and enhance public open spaces.

TreexOffice was created by artist and engineer Natalie Jeremijenko in collaboration with artists Shuster + Moseley, architects Tate Harmer and briefing architects Gensler. It has been brought to Hoxton Square by Groundwork London, Artsadmin and Hackney Council.

The main structure of the office, devised with engineers Price & Myers, is made up of compressed paper with see-through plastic and translucent polycarbonate making up the outer walls, blurring the boundary between office and nature — the outdoor environment. A transparent roof allows sunlight to pour into the space, while the exterior will reflect the local context, merging with the park throughout the seasons.

Constructed with trees as a backdrop, this pop-up office not only connects those who work there with nature, but also allows them to 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.

The eight workspaces in the TreexOffice are now 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 host small meetings or intimate events. Community groups can book the TreexOffice free of charge on weekends.

TreeXOffice is equipped with a power supply and WiFi, and has the capability to host small meetings or intimate events

TreeXOffice is equipped with a power supply and WiFi, and has the capability to host small meetings or intimate events

Rory Harmer of architects Tate Harmer said, "Developing the Hoxton TreexOffice has been an amazing opportunity to create a new office concept, changing the way we work in the city. The design highlights the need to improve and utilise our urban green spaces in new and fun ways for everyone to enjoy."

TreexOffice is also featured in the London Festival of Architecture that is taking place this month.

 

 

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