We've long been of the opinion that shedworking is a state of mind as much as a physical space, hence our interest in promoting pubworking which would make available underused space in pubs for homeworkers during the day. Another option which is gaining ground is churchworking.
There are many churches in the UK which are increasingly empty and facing a very uncertain future. One option being explored is to turn them into more general social spaces, such as at St Michael's in Dulas where architects Feilden Clegg Bradley have come up with bespoke pods that fit inside the nave and work as self-catering accommodation (pictured above).
But there is also movement on the sheworkingesque front too. At All Saints in Hereford architects RRA have been implementing their Church Pods designs, which they describe as self-contained, freestanding and contemporary solution for historic buildings. One of their uses is as meeting rooms and workspaces.
And at All Souls in Bolton, OMI Architects have put together even more futuristic pods which offer three secure office spaces from £4,000 a year which includes wifi, VOIP, and a 9am-5pm reception service (as well as a coffee shop, onsite conference facilities, and a catering service).
There is also a Workspace Hub lounge for "virtual office members, available for homeworkers, start-up businesses and customers who require a professional place to work and meet clients for only part of the week".
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