We’ve taken a meander around the world to find our top five new co-working spaces for 2016.
MakeOffices K Street, Washington DC
The Trump-Clinton political dramas of late have captured the world’s attention, so this brand new co-working space in the USA’s political centre is bound to attract some attention. Co-workers who want to network with lobbying and advocacy types will find themselves in the right place, but MakeOffices spaces tend to attract a mixed bag, from tech start-ups to creative freelancers. There are plenty of perks for MakeOffices K Street co-workers too, including a relaxation room with massage chairs, a recording room and touchdown A/V booths, private phone booths, monthly networking events, and unlimited craft beer on tap.
Website: MakeOffices K Street
Talent Garden Bucharest
This co-working provider focuses on developing spaces in up-and-coming cities, having started out in the small Italian city of Brescia five years ago. Talent Garden Bucharest opened in September in a historic building near the university campus. The space attracts mostly creatives working in communications, marketing, art, design and digital, and many others from Romania’s 1.6 million strong freelancing community. The space also has a coffee shop and a concept store by a Romanian designer. Bucharest, here we come!
Website: Talent Garden Bucharest
Mountain Hub Verbier
This Swiss co-working space is ideal for winter sport lovers, since it’s located just a short walk away from the ski lifts in one of the world’s best known ski resorts. The space itself has the cosy feeling of a wooden chalet, familiar in this part of the world. Mountain Hub Verbier comes equipped with all the usual co-working trimmings, while free coffee is provided by the Geneva-based Boreal. There are also networking and community events throughout the year. With those views, and the option of hitting the slopes when you need some headspace, this is an idyllic spot for gaining creative inspiration while working.
Website: Mountain Hub Verbier
One of our favourite co-working providers opened two spaces in one of our favourite cities this year. WeWork Sony Center and WeWork Hackescher Markt have been a welcome addition to Berlin’s already thriving entrepreneurial and creative community. Both sites have the trademark cool WeWork design, and offer weekly events from workshops to happy hours, micro-roasted coffee and fruit water, common areas and private phone booths. We’ll definitely be stopping by on our next Berlin trip.
This industrial space is more of a project space than a co-working spot, ideal for those who want to use the space as a hub for one-off projects. This is a growing trend in the broader co-working arena, since creatives tend to work on a project basis, and different spaces give inspiration for their various strands of work. Smithmade is a multi-functional showroom for creatives to show off their talents. It’s a place to host pop-ups and concept exhibitions. It’s a place for food bloggers to run special events and for designers sell their wares. And there’s an amazing growing network of creatives who network and collaborate there too. Next stop: Australia!
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