Open office work pods are inspired by treehouses

Dymitr Malcew
© Dymitr Malcew

Thanks to the Internet, the traditional 9-to-5 cubicled workplace is slowly giving way to open offices, telecommuting and even digital nomadism. But there's been a bit of a backlash against open offices -- some contend that they are distracting to work in and don't offer enough privacy.

So it's little wonder we're seeing more designers come up with intermediary measures, like these Treehouse office pods by Singapore-based designer Dymitr Malcew. Conceived as a rolling treehouse of sorts for the office, and coming in two versions, these portable shelters offer a smaller, more private working space for employees in an open office or co-working environment, or can double up to form an impromptu meeting space.

Dymitr Malcew© Dymitr Malcew

The pods are colourful and lined with comfortable cushions, which also offer a bit of acoustic absorption to reduce distracting noise.

Dymitr Malcew© Dymitr Malcew

It's handier to have one side closed off. Here, in an earlier version of these Treehouse office pods as seen below, the design is a bit more open in nature, featuring large, removable cushions that can be moved around a space as needed. As in the second version, these modular pods can sidle up and become a larger meeting space.

Dymitr Malcew© Dymitr Malcew
Dymitr Malcew© Dymitr Malcew
Dymitr Malcew© Dymitr Malcew

I can appreciate the fact that these Treehouse pods look welcoming and comfortable, and aren't high-tech, sensory deprivation-style chambers that swallow you up -- though that may do just the trick for some people. In any case, as the workplace changes and people are finding ways to balance social collaboration with the need for focused, private time to work, we're going to see more flexible concepts like this which will break up those wide, open office spaces into more manageable and productive places. More over at Dymitr Malcew.

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