Treehouse 2 by Dymitr Malcew is a series of treehouse-inspired office pods.

Would Office Life Be More Bearable If Your Cubicle Looked Like a Treehouse?

Would Office Life Be More Bearable If Your Cubicle Looked Like a Treehouse?

The Eye
Slate’s design blog.
Sept. 28 2015 1:38 PM

Would Going to Work Be More Bearable If Your Cubicle Looked Like a Treehouse?

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Treehouse-inspired co-working pods from Singapore-based architect and designer Dymitr Malcew.

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Perhaps because more children dream of treehouses than actually possess them, the world is full of treehouse-inspired structures for grown-ups—like a pop-up co-working treehouse in a London park, the world’s coolest treehouse hotel in Sweden, and a host of luxurious treehouse home offices around the world.

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Treehouse 2 is designed for modern-day co-working among paperless office workers, but it could easily work as a reading or study nook in a loft.

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Singapore-based architect and designer Dymitr Malcew has created a series of treehouse-inspired modular office pods that provide the same benefits as the other semiprivate work pods, offering respite from distracting views, noise, and abundant light of the modern open-plan office or co-working space. The design has a work-as-play vibe that’s in keeping with the 21st-century office aesthetic—and would also make a splendid reading nook or Web-surfing oasis in a giant loft space for those with too much real estate on their hands.

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The modular pods have thick padding for sound insulation and can be wheeled into flexible configurations depending on how much company or solitude a user wants.

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Treehouse 2 is an update of an earlier design called Break-Out Furniture from Malcew that had two open sides instead of just one.

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The new design is an update of Malcew’s previous treehouse-inspired office pod, titled Break-Out Furniture.

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Treehouse 2 pods have thick padding for sound insulation, little windows, and sloping roofs that form a gabled structure when pushed together, though it looks both a bit claustrophobic as well as a smidge too intimate for your average meeting among co-workers.

As open-plan loft-like living and office space design continues to become the norm and our home and work lives continue to blur, maybe what every modern loft-dwelling office worker needs is a treehouse pod of one’s own.

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.