The Nomad Office is a mobile office that transforms an old Peugeot Boxer van into a living space.
Work culture is changing in an unprecedented way. Coffee shop has become the new collaborative workspace and everyone is working remotely these days. Since we only need WiFi and our laptops to reach our 9 to 5 hours, many people are opting to hit the road for mobiles to work. Some are running to their small offices in the woods to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and some are repairing their vans to get their work on the road. Architecture and design studio Atelier JMCA did just that with their latest project, Nomadic Office.
Designer: Atelier JMCA
The designers at Atelier JMCA had their work cut out for him when they decided to convert an old Peugeot Boxer van into a mobile workspace. Before destroying the van’s interior, architects from Atelier JMCA used a 3D laser to scan the vehicle’s interior space and create accurate CAD drawings of the van’s bodywork.
To start, the van collects solar power from two 330 watt solar panels that are located on the roof of the van. Then, two 80L water tanks provide fresh water and treat wastewater for the kitchen and toilet, which are located behind the driver’s seat. Additionally, the insulation and diesel heating system ensure comfortable temperatures throughout the van. Along with these features, Nomad Office has off-grid capabilities that allow users to work off-grid for up to a week.
A retractable timber system defines the interior layout of the Nomad office. Equipped with a dining area, sleeping housing, workspace and storage compartment, fold-out furniture systems save space through a hinge mechanism that allows users to fold the bed and dining table when not in use. Made of thick, 15cm wooden panels, the architects made sure to make full use of the 3m x 2m main living space.
When users want to dine or work at the dining table, they can open the 5cm thick wooden board in 90-degrees without support. Then, when it’s time for bed, users can use the same fold-down mechanism for the built-in, two-person bed. To activate Nomad Office’s ‘Night Mode’, users can unlock a lock system to reveal the van’s mattress, which is supported by two wooden blocks. The storage compartment and hanging rack provide space for users to hang their clothes outside.