The World's Coolest Co-Working Spaces
A great co-working space is more than just a shared working environment; it's somewhere to connect and, most importantly, get inspired. Because, let's face it, it's pretty hard to think outside of the box from between the walls of a dreary office cubicle! So if you're looking for a change of scenery, or fancy checking out some unconventional options from around the globe, read on for our super-cool selection.
A truly off-the-wall idea: half climbing collective, half co-working space, Brooklyn Boulders is a whole new definition of open office. The space, in the middle of a huge climbing facility, is located right on top of a 22-foot high climbing wall – and don't think you'll be getting an ordinary desk-and-chair working environment. You can get up from your desk anytime for reps on the built-in pull-up bars or tone your muscles as you work with the balance ball chairs. There are also yoga classes and a sauna, in case you want to let off some steam. Although not the most tranquil of spaces, Brooklyn Boulders believes in the mind-boosting power of physicality and its team-building effects. Rock climbing attracts those creative, problem-solving thinkers that thrive in the entrepreneurial environment – and the parallels between the two disciplines are certainly hard to miss.
Co-working in tropical paradise? Yes please. This off-grid island retreat, located in the jungle, is the perfect place to escape – whilst also staying connected (to the solar-powered WiFi!). Jump straight from your cabin into the corals and meet fluorescent fish, bioluminescent plankton, wild dolphins and turtles, or come up for air and enjoy paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking or horse riding – alone or with your team. The good news is you won't even have to stray far from the crystal waters to get some work done; there are both indoor and outdoor working spaces – the latter, right above the sea.
Blogfabrik is an innovative co-working space in the heart of Berlin's hip Kreuzberg area. The space has 30 desks, conference room, video-editing technology and a photo studio – but that's not what makes it special. The resident network of bloggers, Instagrammers, photographers and videographers pay for their workspace with content for Blogfabrik's online magazine, Daily Bread, whilst also having the opportunity to collaborate, build personal clients and work on their own projects. And there's plenty of freedom for the contributors: rather than being restricted by the traditional format, the magazine is the experimental product of the freelancers' ideas and abilities. It's all about encouraging creativity, innovation and professional development. Daily Bread runs predominantly in German, with more English articles in the pipeline. Definitely one to watch!
As Ernest Hemingway once said: “write drunk, edit sober.” Well, maybe getting drunk as you work is a little too far, but it has actually been suggested that drinking one to two beers increases your creativity and productivity. So if, like us, you like to live life on the edge – or simply enjoy a few beers after work on a Friday – then CoBrew is the place for you. The co-working “space craft” sits right above one of Melbourne's best breweries, 3 Ravens, which has been producing quality craft beers since 2003. The goal is to redefine the way we work by embracing diversity, forward-thinking and collaboration; providing a space which nurtures creative disciplines and brews up exciting new ideas.
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