Top 5 of the most attractive coworking spaces in the world
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The coworking concept has rarely been more popular.
Berlin’s C-Space became one of the world’s first hackerspace when it opened in 1995. Since then spaces have popped up in almost every city worldwide, catering to the growing number of creatives, coders and entrepreneurs working as freelancers and remotely. Bulgaria is also among the top 10 destinations for digital nomads worldwide. Apart from USA and some other European countries like Czech Republic, Spain and Estonia, also the region of South-East Asia and New Zeland are becoming super popular, offering also the concept of co-sharing and co-living.
Today coworking spaces are big business: they occupy 27 million square feet of office space in the US alone, while WeWork, the biggest coworking company, hit a $20bn valuation last year.
It now has over 120,000 customers and there’s barely a major metropolis that isn’t home to one of its trendy communal hangouts. In total there are around 14,000 coworking spaces worldwide: over 1.2m people have worked from one. But what are the best coworking spaces on earth? Red Herring lists some of the biggest, coolest and most unique around the world. We add also some personal observations and recommendations.
GoWork, Gargaon, India
New Delhi’s satellite city of Gurgaon – also known as Gurugram – might be the fastest-growing tech hub on earth. Now home to offices for over 250 Fortune 500 companies, the 900,000-population city also holds the world’s largest coworking space: GoWork. The 800,000 square-foot campus more closely resembles a glass-fronted corporate headquarters than entrepreneurial home. But its 12,000 seats far outstrip the next largest coworking space, WeWork’s 3,000-seat London base. And while it might not have the same architectural flair as other spots in this list, GoWork’s sheer size makes it a mouth-watering network opportunity for those looking to break into India’s bursting tech scene.
Hubud, Bali, Indonesia
Possibly the most Instagrammable of all these coworking spaces, Bali’s Hubud is part startup office, part island paradise – complete with beach, bamboo (repurposed) and and organic cafe. Ten thousand people have stepped through Hubud’s eco-friendly doors thus far. They are treated to “an epicenter of big ideas in a charming and enchanting village,” according to the space’s creators. Hubud opened in 2013, founded by two Canadians and an American. Speaking about Bali, our personal recommendations actually go for Outpost – in Ubud and Canggu and Biliq Bali in Seminyak. What makes Outpost our absolute winner is the great level of the services and the community that this spot has. Biliq Bali is our other favorite and it is unique with its personal touch, flexible solutions, personal attention to each and every customer and the creative workshops they make to support the local communities.
Factory, Berlin, Germany
Berlin is one of the world’s leading destinations for entrepreneurs, digital nomads and other on-the-road creatives. Factory, a “community of innovators”, is arguably the king of its burgeoning coworking market. The boxy building, which abuts the German capital’s former dividing wall, has positioned itself not only as a home for tech first-timers but multinational corporations: Soundcloud, Uber and relayr’s Berlin teams are all based at the space. Over 200 startups call Factory home, and its industrial, pared-down design is in keeping with Berlin’s flair for repurposed buildings and all-night raves.
WeWork SoHo, New York City, USA
WeWork’s SoHo location might not be its biggest, and its exposed-brick, simplistic design is the de facto look for coworking hubs around the world. But it is striking for the simple fact that it’s the ganglion of the world’s biggest coworking company, which now has 270 locations and has acquired no fewer than ten companies including Meetup, Naked Hub and, this month, MissionU. The 1910-built spot is right in the heart of fashionable SoHo, and a hookup with the local coffee joint means an all-important supply of super-strong Joe for tireless entrepreneurs, artists and other freelance digital ninjas. Six floors and hundreds of desks means there’s never a small queue for cappuccinos, however.
Cocovivo, Isla de San Cristóbal, Panama
For those who truly desire a secluded workspace, Cocovivo, located on the gorgeous Bocas del Toro (Bull’s Mouths) archipelago is a natural wonder, as well as a prime spot for emailing, WebExes and other daily chores. Not only are there 145 acres of rainforest right besides the space, but Cocovivo’s local coral reef is explorable and, at night, bioluminescent. The location’s traditional huts may scream isolation, but its facilities are sufficient to keep a startup alive remote. Cocovivo might be just about the best place on earth to “home office”. Or it could be a terrible way to slack on your office hitlist. Either way, you’ll have fun doing so.
The number of the coworking spaces worldwide is constantly growing. Apart from the location and the design, what makes the difference is the quality of the services and the ability to have a friendly, innovative and creative community.
Source: Red Herring