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Geometric micro-office on wheels works the angles

Geometric micro-office on whee...
Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based studio Knowhow Shop, have recently completed an eye-catching micro-office
Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based studio Knowhow Shop, have recently completed an eye-catching micro-office
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The micro-office is built on heavy-duty castor wheels, which means it can be moved around when required
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The micro-office is built on heavy-duty castor wheels, which means it can be moved around when required
Lighthouse is an eye-catching micro-office by LA-based design studio Knowhow Shop
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Lighthouse is an eye-catching micro-office by LA-based design studio Knowhow Shop
The Lighthouse micro-office features geometric angles and shapes
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The Lighthouse micro-office features geometric angles and shapes
Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based studio Knowhow Shop, have recently completed an eye-catching micro-office
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Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based studio Knowhow Shop, have recently completed an eye-catching micro-office
Lighthouse is a 154-sq ft (14.3sqm) unit designed as a backyard office on wheels
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Lighthouse is a 154-sq ft (14.3sqm) unit designed as a backyard office on wheels
Inside, the office features beautiful wooden interior wall paneling and flooring, four computer work stations, and plenty of storage
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Inside, the office features beautiful wooden interior wall paneling and flooring, four computer work stations, and plenty of storage
The office pod looks quite small from the outside, however it boasts a surprisingly spacious interior
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The office pod looks quite small from the outside, however it boasts a surprisingly spacious interior
Built-in wooden furniture features throughout the office pod
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Built-in wooden furniture features throughout the office pod
During the evening a single desk lamp is capable of efficiently lighting the interior
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During the evening a single desk lamp is capable of efficiently lighting the interior
Built using structural insulated panels (SIPs), the pod is ultra lightweight
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Built using structural insulated panels (SIPs), the pod is ultra lightweight
A strong focus was given to the use of lightweight and reclaimed materials
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A strong focus was given to the use of lightweight and reclaimed materials
Built using salvaged Douglas Fir from old beams, the duo adopted furniture-building techniques to complete the office
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Built using salvaged Douglas Fir from old beams, the duo adopted furniture-building techniques to complete the office
Knowhow Shop adopted traditional furniture-building techniques to complete the office
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Knowhow Shop adopted traditional furniture-building techniques to complete the office
Exterior site plan by Knowhow Shop
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Exterior site plan by Knowhow Shop
Design plans by Knowhow Shop
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Design plans by Knowhow Shop
Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based design and build studio Knowhow Shop
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Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based design and build studio Knowhow Shop

DesignersJustin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based build and design studioKnowhow Shop have recently completed an eye-catching micro-office. DubbedLighthouse, the 154-sq ft (14.3-sqm)unit is designed as a backyard office on wheels, andalso resembles the studio's Lunar Cat Lander shelter, designed for homeless cats back in2016.

Withits use of geometric angles and shapes, the office pod looks quitesmall from the outside, howeveritboasts a surprisingly spacious interior. "Itdoes feel bigger inside and we are able to have four people workingtogether in it comfortably," Justin andKagan reveal to New Atlas.

Builtusing structural insulated panels (SIPs) andsalvaged Douglas Fir fromold beams, the duo adoptedfurniture building techniques to complete the office space. Astrong focus was given to using lightweight and reclaimed materials in order to create a final product that has little impact on theenvironment and is light enough to be easily moved around.

To achievethis, the micro-office is built on heavy-duty castor wheels, which allows the pod to be moved from place to place when required. The added bonus of havingthe structure on wheels meansit is kept above the ground that helps keep it dry during wet weather.

"Wehave a small shop yard and value flexibility in our workflow," the duo say. "Havingthe office on wheels allows us to move it when we have a particularlylarge material delivery or in the case that we move our studio (avery real possibility in LA's rental market)."

Featuringa unique door with no right angles and a bespoke skylightinspired by traditional boat building, the office is all aboutcapturing plenty of natural light and maximizing the interior space.Inside, the studio office features beautiful wooden wallpaneling and flooring, built-in furniture, four computer workstations, and plenty of storage. The project was conceived of as a way toshowcase the duo's talents and approach to design, while alsoserving as a functional office for their business.

Inside, the office features beautiful wooden interior wall paneling and flooring, four computer work stations, and plenty of storage
Inside, the office features beautiful wooden interior wall paneling and flooring, four computer work stations, and plenty of storage

"Itwas an interesting project, we did everything ourselves, fromfabricating custom SIPs panels to fiber-glassing and painting theexterior and of course we built all the interior woodwork and doorsand windows," they say. "We were pretty frugal and tried to save money wherewe could: using reclaimed Douglas Fir for the woodwork and evenmilling our own tongue and groove flooring, but we didn't want to cutany corners and did everything with the intention of it being ashowcase project. We worked on the project when we could in betweenother jobs so it took a while, but it was super rewarding when wefinally wrapped it up and moved in last July."

Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based design and build studio Knowhow Shop
Designers Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor from Los Angeles-based design and build studio Knowhow Shop

TheLighthouse's over-sized feature window and skylight allow forplenty of natural light to fill the space during the day, while in the evening a single desk lamp is capable of efficiently lighting theinterior. The skylight can also be opened to allow natural air flowthrough the office. Currently, the office is powered bymains power from the Knowhow studio building, however the pod could easily be fitted with solarpanels.

"Most 'Tiny Homes' are built to look like small versions of traditionalvernacular architecture," the two say. "We weren't interested in trying to recreatebuildings that exist in the world, rather, we wanted to create thetypes of buildings we would like to see, albeit on a small scale. Also, it's not often we think about howmuch a building weighs, but in this case, because it is constructedout of SIPs panels, it weighs about the as much as a family car.This, plus the fact that the panels are prefabricated and can beshipped to site, allows for really minimal environmentaldisturbance."

Lighthouse is a 154-sq ft (14.3sqm) unit designed as a backyard office on wheels
Lighthouse is a 154-sq ft (14.3sqm) unit designed as a backyard office on wheels

KnowhowShop would like to start building Lighthouses for their clients, which canbe assembled on site within a day, and the team is also currentlyworking on designs for a two-room version. The duo still need to workout pricing for the pods but they believe the final cost of theLighthouse project was around US$50,000, taking into considerationtheir labor and all materials.

Source: Knowhow Shop via Wallpaper

1 comment
Joshua Tulberg
Pretty awesome. Looks like it fits their spot perfectly.