The number of co-working spaces has increased considerably. A few month ago, I was told by a co-working founder Barcelona hosts more than 400 spaces…What started as a cost saving initiative has, attracted many start-ups, small enterprises and free-lancers. The co-working space trend and its concept has undergone an interesting evolution in the past two years.
Compared to traditional offices, you can expect a comfortable working environment, working with other professionals creating synergies, having the flexibility of leaving your space if considered necessary during times of digital nomadism and frequent relocation.
WeWork, a fancy co-working space in Hong Kong belongs to one of the world’s largest co-working operators and, with the key card, users have access to its offices in 12 countries and 32 cities, including New York, Shanghai, Berlin, Seoul and Sydney.
Hong Kong based architecture studio NC Design &Architecture was commissioned to design unique communal spaces which spread over eight floors in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Each floor has been developed through different colour and material palettes, eclectic custom-design furnishings, and a collection of local-inspired wallpapers alongside inspirational bespoke artworks by Hong Kong-based creatives that include photographers, lighting artists and various illustrators.
In an effort to foster a community, WeWork has its own mobile app, which allows users to interact with others.
Banking giant HSBC has rented more than 300 hot desks to house its digital and transformation teams which has been the largest corporate membership subscription in the Hong Kong market so far, and proves that co-working spaces are starting to be considered as a real opportunity even for large corporations.