The 40ft long, 10ft wide box is removed in the winter and put up again in the spring. Like the TREExOFFICE, it has all the amenities of an indoor office, including WiFi, outlets, desks for individuals and other collaborative spaces.
Unlike Tate’s space, the Outbox is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s also always packed, says Laurie Yankowski, a Peterson spokesperson. “People want to get outside the office and step away from their cubicle for fresh air,” she says. “We’re giving people an alternative space to work and collaborate.”
Right as rain?
Of course, working outside has its challenges – a recent experiment in New Zealand shows the downside of setting up an office at the mercy of nature: wind and rain can get in the way of work.
Last week, Graham Nelson, cofounder of New Plymouth-based Manifold Coworking and Event Space, set up an outdoor office for National Coworking Day.
Unfortunately, heavy rain and large gusts – not your typical office distractions – interfered with some of the work being done. Still, with a canopy keeping workers mostly dry, about 16 people at time worked for the entire day, he says.