Mobile Office is A Private Workspace Among The Din

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Alex Johnson of describes these little rooms within larger rooms "indoor shed working"; we used to call them cubicles. While as an architect I was always used to working in open space, sometimes these can make a lot of sense, like in a noisy machine tool trade show like Lamiera in Bologna, Italy a few weeks ago. Salvagnini, a big Italian manufacturer of metal cutting and bending equipment, knocked these up as private meeting rooms. They are rather nicely done.

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They are made with a fairly elegant steel frame, held together with pins and reinforced with diagonal bracing on one side.

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Natural light is brought in through double layered plastic, what used to be called Rohaglas or Chemacryl SDP.

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I really cannot tell if all the detailing is there for a functional reason or if it is just for looks; It doesn't look like the unit folds up or anything. I tried to ask, but all the salespeople either didn't speak english or didn't know.

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The interior is utilitarian and unexciting, with a small air conditioner through the wall.

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But from the outside, I thought they were an attractive and effective way of dealing with the problem of needing privacy in a very public space.

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