A while back I did a design called “studio 20”, which was an idea I had for an office/shed in my backyard. Well, I’ve refined that idea a little and come up with shop 160, which is an office pod for a work-from-home architect or other professional. The space has two work stations, wall storage on either side for product and project binders…or whatever else will fit on a shelf. It’s assumed that in-house printing would be done on 11×17 and any full size printing would be done via remote server at a printing house, or hopefully your jurisdiction accepts digital plan submissions. For smaller firms this can be ideal because you don’t have to pay for or maintain the infrastructure of a plotter.
Since this is a “work from home” office pod, there is no plumbing provided in this design, but if you took a second container and arranged the pods in an “L” configuration you could deck between, creating a “work” pod and a “service” pod where you have typical office storage, a restroom and small lounge space. The deck between could also be used as an indoor/outdoor flex space.
Young entrepreneurs are, by default, disposed to work in small home office spaces as a way to save overhead as well as minimize the space needed to conduct work which lends to a well organized and efficient work environment. Shop 160 provides exactly that, but OUTSIDE the home where the distractions of children, the “honey-do” list and daytime television are not present; not to mention having a place to take clients that doesn’t involve walking through a private residence or having to order coffee and a bagel to get a seat. Also, if a business needs to expand, these pods can not only be moved to alternate locations, but can also be combined easily to accommodate multiple work stations and functions.