Double Workstation


Tema, Ghana

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Double workstation is part of an investigation into fabrication of high performance products using low-tech in Ghana's informal sector. This desk is designed for paired mobility: a central cable tray holds power cords and divides the table top into two mirrored work surfaces. 
Fabrication: 3/4" plywood table top and cable tray with high-gloss white automotive finish screwed to custom-welded steel frame on 5" rubber casters. 
The workstation is the only furniture in a room with windows on three sides. These windows have operable wood shutters instead of glazing (to minimize embodied energy and maximize cross-ventilation).
In response, the desk's automotive finish achieves a low-maintenance surface: during the dry season, red airborne dust from the Harmattan can be wiped clean with minimal effort. The pair of fixed casters and pair of casters with 360 degrees of rotation together produce a low constraint of mobility: the entire desk can rotate around either of two corners, allowing the user to re-orient the workstation in response to sun and breeze.
Electrical tether suspended from roof rafters enables electronic devices to dock at the workstation despite its mobility.