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Flexible desk space, cool locations, and the opportunity to collaborate with other entrepreneurs – as a concept, co-working has grown in popularity since International Coworking Day (9 Aug) was first conceived eight years ago.
In February 2011 Deskmag, which runs a global co-working survey, found there were 703 co-working spaces around the world. By October 2012, that had increased to more than 2,000. By the end of 2018, it’s predicted there will be 1.9 million people working at 19,000 co-working spaces.
For many, it offers the flexibility of somewhere to work at home and abroad. But with so much competition, it’s down to landlords to get innovative with what they can offer their desks’ tenants. Here are a few that stand out:
Dojo, Bali, Indonesia
It’s hard to see past the pool at Dojo in Bali, but the 24-hour co-working space is a one-minute walk from the beach, has private Skype booths, hot showers, and lots of nooks and crannies to open the laptop. The owners also recently opened accommodation a five-minute walk away.
Crew Collective & Cafe, Montreal, Canada
It’s easy to imagine the Crew Collective & Cafe in its days as a 1920s bank – the high ceilings, ornate chandeliers, grand staircases and teller framework still remain. It opened in 2016 and operates on an “invite-only” basis, but there’s also a cafe that’s open to the public with free Wi-Fi and “silent pods” for freelancers to use.
Beachub, Koh Phangan, Thailand
There aren’t many offices with beach views, but at Beachub in Koh Phangan, you’re a stone’s throw from the ocean. It’s become a favourite with the young digital nomad crowd, looking for good weather, reliable Wi-Fi and hammocks to dream up the next big business idea.
Ministry of New, Mumbai, India
Described by some as on the most beautiful street in Mumbai, the six-year-old Ministry of New used to be a publishing house. Today it’s been re-imagined into a work space that’s colourful, comfortable and oozes design flair. No wonder then, it was rated in the top five of the world’s most beautiful co-working places by Forbes in 2017.
WeWork Gas Tower, Los Angeles, US
Any list of co-working spaces would be lacking without a mention of WeWork. The company started in 2010, aiming to breathe life into shared office space and now has locations in 76 cities around the world. WeWork Gas Tower in Los Angeles has great views of the skyline from a copious number of windows, lots of greenery and an eclectic mix of other companies sharing the space.
B Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The bright space of B Amsterdam – set across more than 430,000 square-foot and three buildings – has a real industrial feel. That said, the wooden workstations and open-plan layout is flexible enough for anyone to pull up a pew when an idea strikes them. There are more than 350 companies working here, and there’s also a rooftop restaurant, gym and coffee lounge on site.
The Ministry, London, UK
One of London’s newest co-working spaces, The Ministry caused quite the stir when it opened in July 2018. It’s the latest venture by the owners of the iconic nightclub Ministry of Sound, and is within walking distance of its namesake. It’s set in a former Victorian printing works, and comes with features including a restaurant, events space, 36-seat cinema and a bar with a year-round terrace.
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