As a work at home designer and writer, my office space is an important aspect of my overall interior design. The home office has to be comfortable, bring in plenty of natural light, spacious enough to move around in without crashing into sharp corners and quiet. Whilst there are pitfalls to working from home, such as distractions and isolation from an office social environment, I can’t imagine ever wanting to work elsewhere. This applies to many people working away from home day in and day out. if given a choice, a lot would opt for a way to work from their own private residences.
The OfficePOD is a potentially ground breaking invention that could see an environmentally friendly alternative to travelling to work each day. It also offers a working environment that is slightly detached from family life in that it is designed to be placed in a garden. This in fact creates a very important mental and physical boundary between home and work. The construction is 2.1m x 2.1m and in most cases would not need planning permission to install. Electricity is provided via a discrete and protected connection to the house or garage and secure locks are in place to keep it secure when not in use.
The reduction in CO2 emissions as a result of the decrease in daily commuting is an important factor that went into the concept and design process. Less office users means also a reduction of new buildings required to be built, thereby saving and regenerating green land. An additional benefit is the saving of money for those who travel by train. Rail fares are generally considered to be too high in many parts of Britain as it is.
However, the cost of the OfficePOD might be a drawback. That’s uncertain at the moment. Will it be available in North America? Maybe one day.