Thanks to the prevalence of powerful laptops and cloud-based infrastructure, dreary office cubicles can increasingly be jettisoned in favor of dynamic spaces which encourage collaboration and innovation. The Pop-Up Office installation by Dubbeldam Architecture and Design is an example of this, delivering an office space concept which seeks to re-invent the workspace for the Post-PC era using reclaimed wooden pallets.
Flexibility is the watchword of Pop-Up Office, and the overall design is based upon several individual modules which have different themes. These include “Collaborate” (a desk and shelf), “Lounge” (relaxing area with plants), and “Refuel” (coffee area). The idea is that the modules would come together to suit the needs of the people using the office.
Each Pop-Up Office module features wall, floor, and ceiling sections, which simply slot into each other – no screws or glue required. Furniture elements are assembled in differing configurations, and shelves can be inserted into the slots between wall boards as desired.
Dubbeldam Architecture and Design is keen to promote a variety of practical uses for the Pop-Up Office, including outdoor festivals, a low-cost (and green) option for startups looking for unusual office spaces, or maybe even disaster relief situations.
Pop-Up Office was unveiled at Toronto's 2013 Interior Design Show as part of the “How do you work?” exhibition. We've not heard whether or not the design is going to see production in the immediate future, but regardless, it’s certainly an interesting take on the future of the office.