3 Home Office Ideas from Nature


Embolden yourself to create a workspace which inspires you everyday using these home office ideas. Whether you’re a freelance journalist or you simply need a stylish place to read ArchDaily, our advice is to look to nature, just as these home offices do, because nature is by far the richest source of inspiration and knowledge that we have.

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We begin with what appears to be a giant wooden shell. The brainchild of Platform 5 architects, this shell like structure is actually meant to resemble a wood-shaving which curls over itself. So very poetic. Taking inspiration from organic shapes, this office follows the Greek or Italian Renaissance masters who constantly referred to the idea of ‘observing nature.’ Not to discover nice things to look at, but because nature is always perfect. Nature cannot be any different; a hand, a volcano or a tree are all perfect creations which are neither beautiful nor ugly but perfect for their purpose. Thus, days spent in this office will be inspired by the natural world, the atmosphere created by lush vegetation and the friendly chirping visitors.

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Taking its cue from the outside world once again, the Banyan Drive Treehouse draws its inspiration from the form of one of nature's most symbolic icons; the mighty tree. Rockefella Partners Architects in Brentwood California dreamed up a home office within the treetops. The structure is held up by five stilts that serve as metaphoric tree trunks and floor to ceiling windows make you feel as if you were a bird in the tree, looking out into the forest that surrounds your cozy nest. A perfect escape.

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This wooden beauty is featured in The Kinfolk Home, a book which takes readers into homes around the world that have a single common thread: values of slow living. Cultivating community, simplifying life and taking time out for what matters most are values reflected in this old blacksmith's warehouse which has been converted into a shared vacation home. Danish architects Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen, Louis Becker and Jens Thomas Arnfred live in Denmark but travel together to the Greek island of Lesbos every year. "Imperfection is part of life: It's where the poetry and humor hide" says Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen. This philosophy meant staying true to the original character of the house. To use the open space creatively they build a wooden structure to contain the beds and workspace, meaning any hard work that needs to get done in this workspace is more likely to be postponed til after naptime. "It's important when you convert an old building to be careful not to remove the soul of what was there. If everything is renewed, it becomes too perfect" Dorte says. She believes the eccentricities give their home more charm, such as the blacksmith equipment, traditional iron stove, old metal tables and the original iron windows.

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