Doing Business in a Treehouse
10. June 2015
The TREExOFFICE co-working space launched today in Hoxton Square, the first initiative to be realized by the Park Hack project, which was set up to test innovative models that sustain and enhance public open spaces.
The aptly named installation wraps around a tree to give up to eight people a workstation they can rent individually or as a whole for group meetings, fundraising activities and the like. It is a way to get outside but still get some work done.
Operable translucent panels connected to curved fins enable privacy and breezes, while a clear tarp keeps any droppings from disturbing the work taking place in the small space. A power supply and wifi enable people to be plugged in an connected at all times.
According to the architects at Tate Harmer, "The organic form of the building is designed to work with the natural setting of the square and the structure was carefully designed using a radar root scan to ensure no damage to the existing tree."
Spaces can be booked online, with all income generated from the hire of TREExOFFICE reinvested into Hackney's parks and green spaces. The space is free for community groups to use on weekends.
TREExOFFICE has been created by 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 as part of the Park Hack project.