Innovation That Matters

Floating offices for two

Work & Lifestyle

If stand-alone offices can be set up in people’s gardens, then why not at the local marina? That, in fact, is exactly the concept behind WaterSpace, a Welsh company that offers self-contained floating office units designed to fit into a standard marina berth. The H2Office is a purpose-built floating office that can comfortably accommodate one or two workers. In addition to a sun deck above, the H2Office comes equipped with a work area featuring wood-like flooring and an L-shaped desk and shelving unit across the beam. A carpeted L-shaped “break-out” area includes a pull-out berth for occasional overnight stays, while an included kitchenette features over and under storage cupboards. Optional extras include teak-effect flooring, kitchen appliances and solar panels. Pricing for a standard unit is GBP 59,950 plus VAT. In addition to the possibilities for telecommuting office workers and waterfront retail or professional space, WaterSpace notes that its floating offices could also offer a way for marina operators to create an income-generating floating business park that makes use even of areas with water too shallow for most boating purposes. Then, too, there’s the ocean—so to speak—of pop-up possibilities. Launched in December, the H2Office will be on display at the Ideal Home Show starting next month in London. One to check out, partner with or otherwise get involved in….? (Related: Pop-up cabins designed for stargazingFoldable hotel rooms pop up as neededIn Malaysia, containers pop up as budget hotel rooms.)



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