Shoreditch is a intensively built-up urban area with relatively few green spaces, one being Hoxton Square. Sadly, since the original White Cube Gallery opened here – now gone and the building full of office workers – the area has changed and the Square is almost entirely surrounded by trendy bars and restaurants with not an art gallery in sight, though the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation maintains an art-based presence here.
Sustainable offices come in a wide variety of different guises. A small community example is the TREExOFFICE built earlier this year in Hoxton Square. Surrounded by mature trees at the heart of the Square, the TREExOFFICE is a sustainable concept for a small intimate office/meeting space. Perhaps this is somewhere for your office strategic planning day, after which you can retreat for drinks and a meal into one of the many places nearby?
TREExOFFICE us the first initiative of the Park Hack project from Groundwork London and Hackney Council to try out new innovative ideas to sustain and enhance public open spaces and support new businesses. Built around a mature tree, the pop-up office enables groups working in the area to use this unique space, relate to nature and provide income back for maintenance of the parks. TREExOFFICE contains eight workspaces for hire to businesses, creative workers and community groups, plus the ability to hold small meetings or other events, while community groups can book the TREExOFFICE free of charge on weekends.
TREExOFFICE was designed by Natalie Jeremijenko in collaboration with artists Shuster + Moseley, architects Tate Harmer and briefing architects Gensler and is an innovative new concept for supporting young businesses and making more use of public spaces in the city.