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Prototype pop-up tree-office opens for business in the heart of Hackney

By Wesley Plank
Jun 10, '15 1:00 PM EST

 TREExOFFICE - a new concept in co-working spaces was officially launched today in Hoxton
 It’s the first initiative to be realised by the Park Hack project, led by Groundwork London and Hackney Council, set up to test new innovative models that sustain and enhance public open spaces.

Built around a tree, this pop-up office, London’s newest and most unique office space
enables those who work here to both connect with and give back to nature. Those who hire
the space will be directly supporting the local environment, with income generated being
reinvested into Hackney’s parks and green spaces. TREExOFFICE is also featured in the
London Festival of Architecture that is taking place this month.

From today, the eight workspaces in the TREExOFFICE are available for businesses, creative
workers and community groups to hire for the next seven months. It is equipped with a
power supply and WiFi and has the capability to also host small meetings or intimate events.
Community groups can book the TREExOFFICE free of charge on weekends. The online
booking system launches today at

 TREExOFFICE has been created by Natalie Jeremijenko in collaboration with artists Shuster +
 Moseley, architects Tate Harmer and briefing architects Gensler. It has been brought to
 Hoxton Square by Groundwork London, Artsadmin and Hackney Council as part of the Park
 Hack project.
The main structure of the office, devised with engineers Price & Myers, is made up of
compressed paper with see-through plastic and translucent polycarbonate making up the
outer walls; blurring the boundary between office and nature. A transparent roof will allow
sunlight to pour into the space, while the exterior will reflect the local context, merging with
the park throughout the seasons.
 Rory Harmer of architects Tate Harmer said, “Developing the Hoxton TREExOFFICE has been
 an amazing opportunity to create a new office concept, changing the way we work in the
 city. The design highlights the need to improve and utilise our urban green spaces in new