New Zealand-based Studio 106 transformed a retro caravan into “Gone Mobile” an office on wheels that soften the trauma of getting back to work after the holidays, maintain productivity and stretch out that summer feeling.
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“We found the mobility really liberating. The project offered interesting insight into how you can transform space with the injection of a temporary (mobile office) structure – transforming the space and relationships around it” Says Keri Ann Cunliffe of Studio 106 to ArchiPanic.
“Not only did we reduce from 95 sqm to 9 sqm but we also dramatically shortened the distance to one of our project sites. This allowed us to connect more intimately to the site, environment and the people of the project”.
The Gone Mobile project is trimmed it down to the bare essentials: computers, chairs, an office plant and,of course, a coffee station. The printer is downsizing to A4, and a selection of books and materials came along for the ride.
The project was created thanks to Retro-Events and features a workstation featuring foldable carton-made desks created in collaboration with Refold. The ceiling was developed as an in-house installation, constructed out of a weeks worth of disused paper.
Implementing this on the ceiling brought together a monochromatic colour scheme, which we favour in the studio. Next, splashes of selected colours were brought in through furniture and fittings that added a summery feel.
“The Gone Mobile project gave us the ability to transport our office to a small social hub and place it on location, transferring knowledge and opening up channels for conversation in ways that wouldn’t have been possible if we had remained in the studio” adds Keri Ann Cunliffe.
“I suppose New Zealand culture could forged on ‘kiwi ingenuity’ which comes from our founders solving problems with little access to resources. This drove our culture to be thinkers, tinkers and movers. As a small nation we mostly drive and place importance on being closely connected to nature and the outdoors. This project gave us a chance to really connect with that side of our culture – summer and the outdoors as well as the water”
Studio106 Architect is a New Zealand-based architecture and design studio founded by Dion Gosling in 2009. The firm delivers high-quality, unique sport-community buildings and bespoke residential projects.
All photos by Jo Wickham – Courtesy of Studio 106.