The saying goes that the third time’s the charm, but when you’ve already nailed down two superb coworking spaces in and around Cape Town, I guess you know you’ve got a good thing going on.
In August, Inner City | Ideas Cartel (IC | IC) launched its third coworking office space at The Foundry, in Cape Town. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, the new IC | IC building builds on the success of the first two Inner City | Ideas Cartel buildings – IC | IC i and IC | IC ii, located at De Waterkant and Loop Street respectively.
We can vouch for the quality of the latter, given that we call it home. You know 2oceansvibe – only the finest.
Schuyler Vorster, founder and director of the IC | IC, says that the global increase in the demand for shared office spaces has much to do with the coworking business model which is based on the importance of community, innovation, and providing ways for businesses to run leaner.
“In a coworking environment, you can plug into huge shared costs. Everything from cleaning, internet costs, insurance, buying furniture, management of networks, staff overheads and maintenance. If you do a cost comparison between having your own building or basing yourself in a coworking space you’ll see that there are significant advantages of scale in a shared working space.”
On the off chance that you don’t know where The Foundry is, let’s take the aerial, scenic route:
From the moment you step inside these doors, you’ll see what sets the place apart:
Here’s the thing – the whole vibe is about more than just the building. It’s about the aesthetics of the environment, which inspires creativity and promotes productivity, and you’ll find plenty of both at The Foundry.
The IC | IC iii coworking building is a sublime space with a triple-volume entrance hall, large windows and century-old walls. The abundant space, inspired by the Old World, is filled with unique pieces of heritage including old hardcover books, maps, leather, as well as handcrafted furniture.
Here’s Nicolette Basson, Head of Community Development at IC | IC:
“When you walk in and glance up at the ceiling you’ll see a remarkable century-year-old crane, which is praised as the heart of the building. The exquisite reception area feature wall consists of repurposed old ceiling tiles which were sourced from an old Manor house in Europe…One of the most outstanding areas of the building is the custom designed triple story library wall on the ground level comprising of hand-selected books.”
The IC | IC iii building offers a variety of private and shared office spaces, a library area, coffee station, full-service chef kitchen, rooftop conference centre, and an auditorium that seats 100 people.
Among the tenants already calling the business home, you’ll find media, financial, creative, tech and accelerator programs, legal and recreational companies to name just a few.
All members have full access to the building’s facilities such as the coffee bar, restaurant, chill area, rooftop boardroom and triple-volume library. However, the best innovation is the IC|IC company app that allows you to order food, book boardrooms, or report a problem all from the comfort of your desk.
That menu has a little something for everyone, but if you do feel like treating yourself…
Think of the app as your own quintessential concierge service – it’s a game changer.
Those who are looking to join the Inner City | Ideas Cartel family can pay anything from R3 500 per month to become part of the community, although this depends on the size of your company and business needs.
Alternatively, you can make use of the day pass at R350 – best on Fridays as the building provides free flapjacks for tenants.
Here’s a look at the range of options available, and what each option comes with:
Whether you are an established company seeking a permanent, innovative and refreshing office environment, a start-up entrepreneur, or even a person visiting the city seeking a place to work from, the IC | IC buildings will exceed your expectations.
To arrange an interview with the Inner City | Ideas Cartel team, or for a personal tour around the building, contact Nicolette Basson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a sign of their commitment to creating the perfect coworking space environment, filled with world-class tenants, IC | IC will even buy tenants out of their current leases.
Here’s Schuyler, founder and director, once more:
The concept of coworking is not just about sharing a space, it’s about creating on-hand business opportunities between cohabiting members. Their success is our success.
Therefore, if you’re a freelancer, founder in the tech scene, the advertising industry, an accounting firm, a member of the legal community, in HR or recruitment, we would like to meet with you to investigating buying you out of your current lease, allowing you to join our network as quickly and as effortlessly as possible.
If you are happy in your current office or coworking space then we would like to explore jointly hosting networking events. We can’t let a little thing like a lease get in the way of good businesses meeting one another.
Yeah, now you really have no excuse. You can find out more about that here.
The bottom line is that the IC | IC team doesn’t settle for second best, and neither should you.