Co-Working Spaces Are The Modern Offices For The Man On The Move
Arrivederci, Starbucks. Co-working spaces have become a thing of the norm not only among freelancers and start-ups, but also frequent flyers looking to buckle down between conferences. The benefits are countless: the spaces take out the stresses of poor Wi-Fi and limited seating at coffee shops and the distractions of hotel amenities, so that you can focus on the job at hand. Whether you want a daily desk, or want to pin-down a productivity haven on your next intercontinental trap, these six raise the bar.
NeueHouse, Los Angeles
The ultra-stylish NeueHouse is a private cultural and collaborative space reserved for prominent creatives, artists and entrepreneurs. Both of their locations (in LA and NY) are designed to inspire creative minds with art fixtures and innovative furnishings dotted throughout. The on-site events are immersive, thought-provoking and promote an exchange of ideas and discussion – NeueHouse LA for example, recently hosted conversations with actor Jonah Hill and Hollywood showrunner Ryan Murphy as part of GQ LIVE, an event held by our clever US counterparts. Available resources and services facilitate everyday creative needs too, including a production studio for motion editing, and a screening room and gallery to exhibit all mediums of work.
HubHub was founded by the international workspace provider HB Reavis in 2016 and has since revolutionised the industry in Europe, thanks to its approach of “grow-working”. Here, it’s all about promoting a community of businesses who want to collaborate and grow together at speed. The space groups together like-minded talent and designs a series of bespoke educational programmes to develop them together. Everything is done with the aim of creating and maximising opportunities between its members and the wider ecosystem, and fostering chemistry between potential partners. Membership includes access to all their sites including Warsaw, Budapest, London and Prague.
Set within the Wyndham Dubai, Nest is an urban co-working space for the modern creative and entrepreneurial crowd. It infuses office with hospitality to enhance the workplace experience. There is a dizzyingly huge co-working and events meeting space, along with complimentary business services from printing to shredding, a library and private Skype pods. Member benefits also include access to the pool and gym, dining discounts and free valet. For night owls, Nest offers an overnight package with a room in the hotel.
THE MODERN CLASSIC
Paramount by The Office Space, Sydney
Paramount is a fifties-style space set on a tree-lined street by Harmony Park. It oozes vintage warmth to entice even the pickiest design eye. Here you’ll notice mid-century pieces from Walter Knoll and Molteni&C along with handcrafted furniture from Bassam Fellows, plus rarefied artworks. Executives and CEOs frequent this plush pad’s private studies, American cherry hardwood suites, luxury boardrooms and cosy café. For those looking to conduct meetings more casually, a well-stocked bar cabinet is available as well as a rooftop health club for those who like to catch-up on the treadmill.
Illustration: Tishk Barzanji
Soho Works, London
Soho Works comes from the team behind Soho House, in East London’s famous Tea Building. So, yes, it has brilliant pedigree. The 16,000-sqft space is open 24/7 for individuals and businesses within creative industries. The venue’s dedicated furniture supplier, Humanscale, have designed a bespoke range of ergonomic products. These include self-adjusting seating, sit/stand desks, monitor arms and task lighting, to inspire movement and support every posture. In addition, creatives can take advantage of a screening room, photo studio, workshops and 3D printing; each member gets a generous monthly allowance for meeting rooms and printing. There’s direct access to Shoreditch House for existing members, meaning that a rooftop pool is always a staircase away.
THE WORKING HOLIDAY
Keen to escape the city and work from a secluded island? Koh Lanta can fulfil the remote work fantasy. It’s a tropical haven in the south of Thailand, served by transport links from Krabi and Phuket. It has everything you need, but on a local level – so no big chain restaurants or shopping malls. Despite heading back to basics offline, Kohub connects to modern-day industry thanks to high-speed internet, universal plug adapters, and 24/7 accessibility. Choose to work from the air-conditioned office, or pop open your laptop from a hammock outside. There is also a Zen Zone, Thai massage area, and an all-day dining restaurant with a dedicated juice bar.