Your New Cubicle? This Remote Office in the Himalayas.

This place is taking "working from home" to a whole new level

By The Editors
September 7, 2016 9:00 am

Working quote remotely unquote is fast becoming a new norm in the digital era. And just like your cubicle, it has its share of pros and cons.

Well, unless remotely means “in the jungle in the Indian Himalayas in West Bengal.” Then it’s pretty much all pros.

A collaboration between Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Michele Bonino, the Pankhasari Retreat is a digital-friendly co-living mountaintop retreat nestled in a valley in Indiana’s Darjeeling region.

The attendant surroundings: tea estates. Crop plantations. Also Kangchenjunga — the third highest mountain the world.

You’re basically looking at a co-working space in one of the most beautiful corners of all of Mother Earth.

Once completed, the complex — three stacked blocks connected by footbridges — will include a host of different facilities, from farming to sport, residential to business. The two architects are using local materials like teak and and stone to build the structures, with design features typical to the region, like verandas and overhangs, also planned.

The Pankhasari Retreat broke ground this past August.

No word yet when it will be completed, but one thing is for sure: it’ll be remote.

Photos: Carlo Ratti Associati

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