With an increas­ing world pop­u­la­tion, there has been a mass short­age in inner city hous­ing and office space world­wide. Rent prices are sky­rock­et­ing beyond afford­able lev­els and traf­fic gen­er­ated by com­muters is a bane of cities every­where.
A trans­for­ma­tion of office spaces promises a solu­tion to both prob­lems, but could it really be the answer?

home office of the future The 24 Hr Office: When the office becomes a home

New con­vert­ible office spaces are eas­ing pres­sure of hous­ing demands in 2021 by mak­ing bet­ter use of build­ings by hav­ing them in use 24/7.

The 24 Hour Office is founded on a basic prin­ci­ple:
Office build­ings are gen­er­ally empty on week­ends and on week­days between the hours of 6pm and 8am. Inci­den­tally, these are the same times that peo­ple usu­ally spend at home.

So… Why not com­bine the two into one space that can serve both pur­poses — office and home.

The con­cept, known as ‘pod­ding’ (after the pod like cap­sule beds) is begin­ning to take off in crowded cities world­wide. And for good rea­son — it works! City-dwellers love the lower priced rent, whilst build­ing own­ers love the idea since they earn rent both for both the office space and the home space — which of course is actu­ally the same space — just used at dif­fer­ent times.

Here’s how it works:

How an office space becomes a liv­ing space

  • home office folding bed The 24 Hr Office: When the office becomes a home

    This desk unfolds to become a bed. While cab­i­nets securely lock away valuables.

    Essen­tially, the idea is for peo­ple to co-inhabit the same space for This is achieved by liv­ing in ‘shifts’, with the ‘work shift’ gen­er­ally oper­at­ing from 9am — 6pm and the ‘res­i­den­tial shift’ from 7pm — 8am the next morning.

  • At the end of the work day, desks securely ‘lock away’ (along with all doc­u­ments and hard dri­ves) and flip up to trans­form into clev­erly designed shared liv­ing spaces.
  • In the kitchen areas, mul­ti­ple fridges with secure com­part­ments mean that your food remains yours.
  • Office com­mon areas become areas for relax­ation and entertainment.
  • Peo­ple still have their pri­vacy when sleep­ing, and pri­vate areas for can be booked in much the same way as you would book an office for a meeting.
  • In-building facil­i­ties that are used by the office work­ers dur­ing the day are shared by res­i­dents dur­ing the night. The gym, pool, and rooftop gar­den are open 24 hours a day.

Friendly design.

Take heart, liv­ing in an office is not as bad as it sounds. These con­vert­ible spaces aren’t the stark and cor­po­rate office spaces you remem­ber from years ago.

Friendly design is the key here — clever use of space and light­ing trans­form the office of the day into the com­fort­able liv­ing spaces of the night.
Of course, whether worker or res­i­dent, you are respon­si­ble for keep­ing your space tidy, but with offices mostly dig­i­tal these days, that’s not hard to do.

Stud­ies have shown that peo­ple func­tion bet­ter with a sep­a­ra­tion of work and sleep spaces. Hence, many pod­ders are choos­ing to work in one office and then sleep in a dif­fer­ent one across the city, just for the change of scenery. In fact, for the san­ity of work­ers, most com­plexes have a rule in place that you can’t sleep in the same area in which you work.

Like any­thing else, pod­ding has its detrac­tors, but cur­rent real world use has shown that it can work.
It’s not for every­one, but for many, it’s pro­vid­ing rel­a­tively afford­able hous­ing in very cen­tral and well-located areas and is eas­ing the hous­ing bur­den in major cities.


Image cred­its: masha krasnova-shabaevadecodir