Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s going to get harder than ever to resist the urge to ditch work for the outdoors. Fortunately, intrepid designers have come up with a solution: the mobile office. From converted caravans to one-of-a-kind builds, each hits the open road to take advantage of gorgeous warm weather and fresh air while allowing workers to stay productive. We’ve rounded up six of our favorite mobile offices, from an off-grid prefab workplace to a cozy WiFi-equipped caravan you could even camp in.
Belgian-based studio FIVE AM designed the #dojowheel, a mobile office that’s so chic and modern we wouldn’t even mind if it were permanently stationary. The retro-chic office combines the efficient minimalism of a Japanese dojo with the spirit of nomadic Bedouin culture into an all-white round-edged camper outfitted with transforming furniture. The #dojowheel can even transform from office to bedroom—how cool is that?
Danish designer Jonas “Pindhund” Hallberg of Ikke en Pind wanted a way to get closer to his clients, so he built the Tiny Office, a transportable space that’s both cozy and professional. The compact office on wheels may be small—it’s been classified and approved as a trailer by the Public Transport Authority—but it packs a lot of amenities inside, from a mini bookshelf and table to a wood-burning stove.
Self-driving cars are now on the horizon and IDEO couldn’t resist pitching their own vision with a mobile workplace as part of their “Future of Automobility” series. Clad in glass with contemporary vibes, this self-driving workspace could whisk you from location to location and let you meet with clients simultaneously.
If you want to get closer to the outdoors with an office that blends right into the landscape, you’ll love the mobile micro-offices designed by Dutch company Kantoor Karavaan. Clad in timber, this cozy and compact office looks right at home in the woods or next to a campsite. Each office is equipped with solar-powered coffee machines and WiFi.
For an off-the-grid office option, consider MOSS, a prefabricated home office powered by clean and renewable energy. Designed by Victor Vetterlein, MOSS is a well-insulated structure that boasts an array of energy-efficient features, including rooftop solar, a wind turbine, a well-insulated frame, and radiant underfloor heating.
The architects of Studio106 took their computers and construction documents on the road in a semi-converted caravan they transformed into an office. The tiny but functional nine-square-meter micro-office contains only the bare necessities—coffee station included, of course—and can comfortably accommodate four people at a time. The camper even comes with an outdoor deck to expand its footprint into the outdoors.