THE CONNECTED OFFICE
The beauty of the tech age is that it allows more people to work from home. The downside is that it’s often hard to switch off from work. That was the case, pre-renovation, for the owners of this Victorian cottage in Melbourne’s Fitzroy. They had a desk set up in their living room, which was always on display, and felt like they were always working.
The addition of a double-storey extension at the home’s rear allowed for the inclusion of this study nook, 1.2m wide and 655mm deep, that sits behind closed doors within the living space. “When closed, they look like two regular cupboard doors,” says architect Rebecca Naughtin. “They open and slide into pockets on both sides of the desk space, via drawer runners.” The space allows for a desktop computer, a pull-out keyboard and storage. At the back of the top drawer are powerpoints and USB charging points, LED strip lighting overhead provides task lighting, and cable outlets reduce the amount of wiring above the bench.
“We find this solution appeals to all kinds of clients, especially families,” says Rebecca. “Flexibility of spaces is a big issue as people are paying more for their properties and wanting ‘forever homes’ that grow with their needs.” Rebecca Naughtin Architect: rnarchitect.com.au.
‘THE OWNERS WANTED A SPACE WHERE THEY COULD HAVE A COMPUTER AND STILL BE CONNECTED TO EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES, LIKE COOKING DINNER. BUT THEY WANTED THE ABILITY TO CLOSE IT OFF WHEN THEY HAD GUESTS OR PUT THEIR WORK ASIDE FOR THE DAY .’ Rebecca Naughtin