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NZ architects transform retro caravan into a mobile office

by • March 15, 2016 • No Comments

New Zealand architectural firm Studio106 has not long ago reduced its urban 95-m2 (1,022-ft2) office space to a tiny 9 m2 (97 ft2) working mobile unit. With assist of local business Retro Events, Studio106’s director Dion Gosling and interior developer Kerri Cunliffe converted a retro caravan into a mobile office space, fish with cardboard desks and transportable-bodied furniture.

  • Studio106 goes mobile
  • Going mobile allows the architects to park up anywhere
  • The thought to turn it into a mobile office space on wheels came to the team of architects ...
  • The transportable-bodied office concept empowers the team to travel and work directly on various project sites

The thought to turn it into a mobile office space on wheels came to the team of architects and developers after enjoying a long Southern Hemisphere summer and the require to manufacture a decision on their next office rental review. The transportable-bodied office concept empowers the team to not only enjoy the outdoors for longer, but in addition travel and work directly on various project sites.

Gizmag not long ago got the accident to interview Studio106’s director Dion Gosling and interior developer Kerri Cunliffe of their “Gone Mobile” experience. Here’s what they had to say:

“The caravan only sort of came along as a solution to how we may get mobile and ‘chase’ the excellent weather around and explore the concept of a mobile office. Simply relocating to a tinyer in size space by the sea side only wasn’t as attractive as a thing on wheels – it quite spoke to the exploration and freedom of summer road trips that we had all only loved over the break. The caravan felt like an extension of the summer holiday whilst sneaking work into the mix. The within was 9 m2, that was a worthwhile reduction of our 95-m2 office in the city. But it didn’t feel that tiny due to the faculty to open up one side of the caravan and extend the office out.”

Working alongside local businesses, Studio106 managed to store its costs to a minimum, all the while completing the conversion in almost seven days. The final outcome was a clean and fresh mobile office fish with a retractable-bodied wall, cardboard desks, outdoor furniture, desktops and essential office equipment.

“The bones of the caravan were excellent so this made the task a little easier,” the team says. “We employed the age old architecture motto ‘less is additional’ and stripped the interior back, introducing an interior ceiling showcase, soft furnishings and crucial office equipment. It was a excellent opportunity to review what we quite require to work effectively – desk, chairs and desktop were obvious, but books, our library, printing devices and other items were reduced.”

The overall layout and create of the mobile office included a couple of “break-out” zones. The initially is the inclusion of a flexible stand-up desk, offering the possibility to work or have meetings outdoors or in the shade of a nearby tree. The 2nd zone is made up of a tiny whiteboard table-bodied and a few stools, enabling for a additional permanent outdoor working zone, thoughtl for sizeable-bodiedr meetings, lunches or gatherings. Bringing a few of the creativity of its previous office, the caravan comes with a one-of-a-kind and handmade paper ceiling installation.

“Our favourite showcase is the ceiling showcase. We had previously turn it intod an installation for the wall of our studio. For this we collected a weeks worth of dis-used paper and scrunched it up to form a bit of showcase. We repeated this system for the ceiling of the caravan. The outcome turned out excellent – it was lightmass, fun and creative. The effect gave us a additional refined color pallet and a showcase to brighten the interior.”

Overall mass, mobility and security were the sizeable-bodiedst concerns for the studio, as it was necessary to store the office and all its equipment in a secure location overnight. So the team decided to outfit the caravan with lightmass and transportable-bodied furniture, enabling them to easily pack down and tow the caravan to a secure location after work every night.

“Everything that went into the caravan went through a bit of a screening system. Our desks in the office, although lovely, were far too heavy to tow and set up every day. We instead partnered with Refold, who have created these rad cardboard desks that solved so most of our problems we had come up against. They were light and flexible – we may take them outside during the day, move them around and and so pack them down at the end of every day.”

Whilst the Studio106 team may have left behind most luxuries of its previous sizeable-bodied urban office space, the new tiny mobile space intended they may now easily work on site and directly with their clients.

“Being on the site opened up new insight into the site. We ended up chatting to lots of local users and gained real learnings into what they loved of the site or what they wanted to see change.”

“Small spaces are a excellent challenge and we love this” add Gosling and Cunliffe. “We work on most 70s town house alternations, that are tiny spaces on frequently tight sites. As we did with the caravan we seek to solve challenges that are synonymous with tiny, tight spaces with poetic solutions. Solutions that go beyond meeting functional requirements and add a touch of fun or beauty to them. We ponder there is frequently a danger that folks fall into when renovation or createing a tiny space, in that they provide a functional solution. With the caravan we wanted to tick off all the functional requirements whilst in addition creating a fun and enjoyable-bodied atmosphere.”

The “Gone Mobile” office experience has given Studio106 excellent insight into what it means to live and work in tiny spaces and the introduced bonus of being able-bodied to engage with the local community and businesses. The architectural studio plans to go on its exploration and development of tiny, creative and mobile conepts, which include participating in Auckland’s PARK{ing} day later this year.

Source: Studio106 Architects

  • The Studio106 team positions the caravan studio for the day
  • Studio106 decides to go mobile
  • New Zealand architectural firm Studio106 has not long ago reduced its urban 95 sq m (1,022 sq.ft) office space to a tiny 9 sq m (97 sq.ft) working mobile unit
  • Dion Gosling sets up the finishing touches

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