The newly launched No 6 Babmaes Street in London is ‘a new concept in social and flexible workspace,’ explain its creators. This modern co-working space was designed by Fathom Architects for The Crown Estate, retrofitting a disused 1970s building in the upmarket St James area. An architectural, raw concrete shell unfolds into warm decor, rich planting and a range of facilities for its users. Offerings include from a wellness studio (doubling as space for exhibitions or pop-up events), to banquette booths, meeting rooms, dining spaces, lounge areas and a roof terrace. Working alone or as part of a group, this space caters for everything.
Craftmanship and curated amenities define the latest coworking space in New York – The Malin. Set on Mercer Street and open to members, the venue caters for the creative community and is dressed with design-led objects and furniture to ensure a warm, yet contemporary environment. “We wanted The Malin to be a beautiful yet functional space that exists as the ideal place to work. During the pandemic I imagined what it would take to inspire folks to want to return to a workplace, and knew that it would have to be in an exciting neighborhood, with various zones that promoted different modes of working, with a design that was comfortable and inviting, yet elevated. From that, The Malin was born” explains one of the founders, Ciaran McGuigan.
Located in Melbourne Airport, ‘one of the world’s fastest growing airports and Melbourne’s second largest employment hub’, this co-working space is quirkily located in an existing hangar shed. Kosloff Architecture’s clever renovation means that the hangar’s 3000 sq m can now easily accomodate working, meeting and socialising spaces for users. A two storey structure installed inside, and carefully selected furniture, soften the hangar’s industrial nature, without obscuring it.
Digital Garage is a serene workspace in Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya district. The interior, created by Norwegian architecture studio Snøhetta, is described by its architects as ‘boutique office space for digital nomads.’ A central piece of furniture made of Japanese cedar wood dominates the interior and unites different areas, offering a space to sit, rest and work, transforming from bench to table, to partition, to bar counter. Specially design lighting on the undulating dark ceiling gives the impression of a starry night.
Housed in the historic former Ames & Brownly department store in Norfolk, Virginia, Assembly is a modern co-working set up created by Campfire & Co. Balancing old and new, as well as the varying needs of a contemporary, post-pandemic workspace, flexibility is key in this design – as are a sleek, yet warm design with lots of natural light and materials. Apart from meeting rooms, hotdesking areas and traditional office, amenities include a library, game room, a wellness/mother’s room, a podcast/recording booth and bike share scheme and bike storage.
Conceived by financier Clemente Cappello and featuring a design by Marek Wojciechowski Architects and Kono Designs, Plantworks is the latest addition to the vibrant Kings Cross scene. Including some 10,000 plants in various forms and set ups, this development boasts to be ‘the first urban farm office development’. Cappello says: ‘Working amongst biophilia reduces illness, stress and mental health issues whilst stimulating positivity, creativity and teamwork and can reduce sick days by 20%. My vision is to harbour the benefits of plants to attract talent, reduce sick days and foster wellbeing within the workplace. The office is now very much part of a company’s brand image and plays a greater role in attracting and retaining talent.’
Launching with London Design District at the Greenwich Peninsula this month, Bureau is the capital’s newest workspace offering. Balanced between office architecture and members’ club, Bureau has landed to provide post-pandemic respite to the city’s tired creative workforce – a step away from both traditional office space and working-from-home set-ups, and a clearly defined concept that stands apart from co-working space peers. With interiors designed by architect Roz Barr, this creative club is the latest evolution in its genre – a ‘hybrid third space’, combining the freedom and flexibility of home working, with the focused structure, support, and sociability provided by the office environment, its creators explain. Barr’s ideas on what constitutes the perfect modern workspace were already in development, as the architect gathered notes from past, pre-pandemic projects, such as Selfridges’ creative studios. But with Bureau and the pandemic, everything sped up. The architect told us back in February, when we previewed Bureau’s space: ‘With Selfridges it wasn’t about fitting in desks for everyone, it was about creating a studio culture, pin-up areas, places for informal meetings, places you could take your laptop and work in peace. There were freelancers coming in and out, working on particular projects. All that experience fed into Bureau.’
Set next door to the architecture practice’s own, award winning office space, this new addition to Brixton’s The Department Store is the brainchild of Squire & Partners. The Studios offers the perfect platform for ‘hyperlocal’ working and growing businesses. There are individual desks, private studios, serviced social and meeting areas and also a neighbourhood bar, restaurant and screening room on the premises. The design draws on the robust, existing Edwardian structure while adding a contemporary layer with sleek dark metal window frames, landscaped terraces and a Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structural frame. ‘We believe people are tired of conventional offices defined by standard industry benchmarks. The Department Store Studios is a loveable place to work, where people can work ‘free range’ in a generous space where they are part of a community which supports them to do more than just their jobs,’ says Squire & Partners’ senior partner Michael Squire.
Situated in the heart of London’s bustling West End, Brock House is an oasis of calm, considered design. The brainchild of leading co-working company TOG (The Office Group), the venue draws on its historical building – formely a Philharmonic Hall, cinema and automobile showroom – with an added layer of contemporary design and all the mod-cons a modern flexible office space might need. The colourful architecture is created by dynamic London studio SODA.
This workspace has a special twist – not only is the co-working office a bold and colourful statement of interior architecture, but it is also hosted in a unique cultural setting, inside Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe. Designed by local multi-disciplinary studio Besau-Marguerre, the space has strong graphic arrangements and powerful colour blocking. It is also created with supreme accoustics and zoning to ensure aesthetics match comfort, and an overall contemporary approach to interiors.