MOS (Mobile Office System)

Materials: Desk > Aluminum Frame, Plastic Laminate, Hard Ash & Cardboard Honeycomb
Storage Box > Baltic Birch Plywood, Aluminum Angles
Dimensions: 30″h x 30″w x 30″l
(Tabletop Expands to 30″x60″ Surface)

MOS was designed for use in the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture Solar Decathlon house during the Decathlon’s inaugural year in 2002. The house, which was designed as a live/work space, has 800 s.f. of interior space and requires flexibility in use. Two distinct parts create the mobile office system: the work surface and the storage box. Each can move independently or work together as required. The storage box, which can accomodate a number of items (CPU, files, etc.), nests under the table to take up a minimum amount of space when not in use. The work surface can be doubled by simply folding the extension up and sliding it over.

A dovetail channel and precisely fabricated hinges were designed allowing the segmented work surface to rotate and slide smoothly into an open or closed position. The work surface panels are stressed-skin panels of thin plastic laminate and cardboard honeycomb, which created an extremely rigid, flat, durable and lightweight surface. A prototype of the work surface for the house was built utilizing baltic birch plywood for the frame instead of aluminum as originally proposed.