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The Coolest Cubicles In The World: Inc.

Turns out, the future of the cubicle isn’t very square at all.

By Carolyn Cutrone , Christine Lagorio-Chafkin and Eric Markowitz - Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
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Small is beautiful — and efficient. These freestanding pods, domes, and workstations are so artfully designed and ecologically sound that one might wonder: Is this the future of work?

Turns out, the future of the cubicle isn’t very square at all. Some of the coolest small-office spaces in the world–for the workplace or the home–have indoor plexiglass spheres that dampen phone-call noise or outdoor polygons with triangular windows.

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Orbs in an Atrium – Pons and Huot
Designed by French architect Christian Pottgiesser, this other-worldly office became the headquarters for two French companies: Pons and Huot. It is adorned with floating staircases, a recreational room, and indoor ficus panda trees trees galore. (That works because the bulk of the space is contained within a stately glass atrium, comprised of a restored industrial hall built in the late 19th century.)

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Chameleon Cube – Log Cabin Recording Studio
This tiny stand-alone office isn’t just nestled in nature, it also emulates it. Cross-sections of logs create a camouflage effect for this recording studio, built for musician Hans Liberg by furniture designer Piet Hein Eek. Eye-level windows on all sides of the structure provide ample light when open, but when closed turn the building into a nondescript cube of logs.
Chameleon Cube – Log Cabin Recording Studio
This tiny stand-alone office isn’t just nestled in nature, it also emulates it. Cross-sections of logs create a camouflage effect for this recording studio, built for musician Hans Liberg by furniture designer Piet Hein Eek. Eye-level windows on all sides of the structure provide ample light when open, but when closed turn the building into a nondescript cube of logs.

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Stackable Islands – Pallotta Teamworks
The use of shipping containers–each with an average cost of $3,400–was found to be the most economical way to create dozens of individual, small private offices and support facilities. They are stacked vertically, and hooded with air-flow canopies, creating giant “tented islands,” which minimize the volume of air conditioning needed to cool this massive, 47,000-square-foot Southern California space.

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Prefab That Delivers – Archipod
So you’d like a home office but don’t have the space? Try the backyard. The Archipod is a unique, eco-friendly prefab garden office made of shingle siding and timber floors. It’s created by a company founded in 2009 by Chris Sneesby, who calls himself “The Podfather.” An individual pod costs about $20,000 and can be delivered directly to your home.

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