The Evolution of the Co-working Space
How are co-working spaces are shifting from one size fits all to more tailored solutions?
Co-working goes international and luxurious: Co-working spaces have been growing in popularity in all four corners of the globe for years. We’re shifting from renting a desk with other entrepreneurial types (out of some hip neighbourhood) to complete 24/7 access and a membership fee that includes access to an international community and tangible network. Early 2016 Soho House & Co launched (it’s first of many) SOHO WORKS in Shoreditch, London – an uber-luxurious & flexible co-working space that aims to connect all their members internationally via a universal membership, giving people the opportunity to hot desk in Istanbul on a Monday night and all day on the Wednesday in Berlin.
From co-working to co-living: One of the latest kids on the block is Common - a co-living start-up. Common offers flexible community-driven housing for the transient generation who are constantly re-locating for bigger and better opportunities. Once approved, members have the flexibility to rent rooms one month at a time with like-minded people in quality, trendy spaces in the highly sought after suburb of Brooklyn – somewhere in between flat-sharing and co-working, Common is hoping to create a new kind of community.
Co-working business models are shifting - they're targeting specific markets through niche propositions from uber-luxury to creative co-living. Adventure-seeking entrepreneurs are on the move not just to better offices but they’re going global. People are searching for international collaborative, creative hubs that give them access to a network of people with similar interests - and they want it whenever and wherever. So What does this mean? The future workplace will no longer be 9 to 5 - it will be flexible, transient and will operate more like a 24 hour village.