Wish You Worked Here? Incredible Wooden Egg Workspace
YouΓÇÖve heard the one about the old woman who lived in a shoe ΓÇô but what about the man who worked in a wooden egg? We take a look at one of the most incredible workspaces in the UK.
Known as the Exbury Egg, this wooden structure, whose unusual form was inspired by nesting seabirds, is a floating micro workspace.
It was designed by artist Stephen Turner as an experiment in sustainable workspace and an exploration of the complex and changing relationship between people and the natural environment.
But Stephen isnΓÇÖt simply working inside the egg ΓÇô heΓÇÖs living there too. This compact space includes a hammock for sleeping (not simply power-napping), a small galley, and a toilet, along with the deskspace and drawing table.
It is designed to test the possibilities of creating a high quality workspace with a low environmental impact. Lighting is provided by low energy LEDs, while electrical items can be charged by portable solar panels ΓÇô all part of efforts to ensure that the space is as sustainable as possible.
There is, of course, also plenty of natural light. And thanks to this and the light wood interior, itΓÇÖs a surprisingly bright and spacious place.
But the eggΓÇÖs most intriguing purpose is as an experiment in bringing workspaces closer to nature; something which stands in complete contrast to the global populationΓÇÖs increasingly urbanised lives.
Stephen hopes that the project will raise awareness of what he calls ΓÇ£a particularly 21st century sort of tension and anxiety in our society where place is much talked about ΓÇô yet where people are increasingly out of place and out of step with nature.ΓÇ¥
Overall, the Exbury Egg is an incredible experiment in the creation of microspaces as well as in sustainable living and working practices.
Right now, the Exbury Egg is moored in the harbour on the Beaulieu Estuary. But if watching via its livefeed webcam isnΓÇÖt enough, youΓÇÖll be pleased to know that SPUD (Space Placemaking and Urban Design) is also hoping to tour the egg around UK galleries. If all goes well, it may even make an appearance at the world-famous Venice Arts Biennale in 2015.
All images Copyright Nigel Rigden.
WeΓÇÖd love to know what you think about this unusual workspace ΓÇô can you imagine working here? Do you think it points to a new way of connecting workers with nature? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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