Pop-up tree-office opens in London borough of Hackney

London's Hackney borough welcomed a new kind of workspace to Hoxton Square—the TreexOffice.

June 11, 2015 |
Pop-up tree-office opens in London borough of Hackney

TreexOffice is a pop-up office space lcoated in the heart of Hackney in London. Image: Tate Harmer LLP

The TreexOffice is a new concept that was launched in Hackney's Hoxton Square. The co-working space was brought to the London borough by the Park Hack project, which is led by Groundwork London, Artsadmin, and the Hackney Council, to test new innovative models that are sustainable and enhance public open spaces.

TreexOffice was created by Natalie Jeremijenko in collaboration with artists Shuster + Moseley, architects Tate Harmer, and briefing architects Gensler.

The creative pop-up office is built around a tree and brings one of the most unique office spaces to London. The main structure was created by engineers Price & Myers and is made up of compressed paper with see-through plastic and translucent polycarbonate for the outer walls—to blur the boundary between office and nature. A transparent roof allows sunlight to flow through the space.

The office allows people who work there to connect and give back to nature. The hire-able space supports the local environment and income from renting out the TreexOffice is reinvested into Hackney's parks and green spaces.

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

There are eight workspaces in the TreexOffice taht are available for use by businesses, creative workers, and community groups over the course of seven months. Inside, the pop-up office has a power supply and WiFi. Additionally, the space has the capability to host small meetings or intimate events. Eight individual workspaces are also available for those who want to spend time in the TreexOffice. Community groups can use the TreexOffice for free on the weekends.

There is an online booking system that can be used to rent the space.

The TreexOffice was also featured in the London Festival of Architecture throughout the month of June.


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