The next generation of work-from-home space?

May 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm Leave a comment

With the recession economy once again resulting in increased numbers of entrepreneurial ventures and more of my peers freelancing than ever, I’ve had an eye out for good design solutions for the home office. Design Milk seems to have discovered a great answer in ecospace’s WorkPod, one of five “backyard offices.” Some of the designs look a little too bubble-like for my taste, but I can actually imagine the WorkPod being quite a successful addition to many homes (especially multi-person homes).

Its overall spirit reminds me of an entry for last year’s Reburbia competition: “Entrepreneurbia: Rezoning Suburbia for Self-Sustaining Life“. Like WorkPod, this project also brings work and home into the same fundamental sphere while keeping them physically separate, though Entrepreneurbia pushes the concept further by proposing zoning policy to support the model of mixed-use plots.

May 10’s daily design idea is consider the barriers (of space and time) between your work space and your living space, and then consider the potential impact of a change in those barriers. Whether you work from home or not, how could you redesign them for a better transition between work and play?

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