April 10, 2017

4 Creative Spaces for Coworking

Digital savvy meets maker culture, catalyzing creativity in community-minded office environments.

Coworking Spaces with High Design

Bean Buro Unveils A Flexible Coworking Space

1. Work Project by Bean Buro

a woman sits on risers in a coworking office
Taking advantage of the 15-foot ceiling with a raised meeting room. Photography courtesy of Bean Buro.
bar stools under a counter in front of a greenery wall
The café’s plant wall by Patrick Blanc. Photography courtesy of Bean Buro.

In the 19th century, Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay was actually a bay, and on its shore was a bustling village of fishermen gutting their catch under canopies that provided shade from the tropical sun. Now that Causeway Bay is the name of a high-rise shopping district, Bean Buro has updated those canopies and moved them indoors—to top various freestanding enclosures at the Work Project. Read the full story here.

A Sunny Space for Community Work

2. Canopy by Yves Béhar and Amir Mortazavi

glass doors enclose an office space
A private office’s workstations and chairs are by Yves Béhar, who also designed the San Francisco space. Photography by Joe Fletcher.
skylights and large windows light up a lounge area of a coworking office
A lounge’s Joe Colombo chairs and Don Chadwick sectional. Photography by Joe Fletcher.

Coworking has seen the light. Sunlight, in fact. “The biggest challenge was to keep light flowing through without compromising focused work and privacy,” Fuseproject CEO and founder Yves Béhar says. He’s talking about San Francisco’s Canopy, which he co-founded with a real-estate developer and an entrepreneur. Read the full story here.

Reusing a Brooklyn Navy Yard Space for Hybrid Work

3. New Lab by Macro Sea

a vintage photo of a Brooklyn Navy Yard shipbuilding hub
The 1904 machine shop at New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard built ships for World War I and II. Photography courtesy of New Lab.
colorful cubicles in a Brooklyn coworking space
Converted by Macro Sea, with support from Marvel Architects, the building now serves a population of 500, who have access to custom workstations with wool felt panels. Photography by Spencer Lowell.

Looking for a location
to open a hub for design firms, tech start-ups, and small manufacturers, New York real-estate developer Macro Sea happened upon a disused Brooklyn Navy Yard shipbuilding machine shop, an 84,000-square-foot building from 1904. “It had these astonishing gantry cranes, which now have mezzanine bridges suspended from them,” design director Nicko Elliott says. The bridges function as connectors not just literally but also figuratively—accommodating a lounge with candy-colored seating by Gaetano Pesce, a gallery for temporary exhibitions, and a demonstration area for large-scale 3-D printing. Along the building’s perimeter, enclosed spaces house designers and engineers of everything from toy-building machines to solar-powered lighting.

A Former Warehouse Becomes a Coworking Hub

4. A/D/O by NArchitects

a skylight brightens a coworking space
A/D/O by NArchitects is an incubator and coworking space in Brooklyn. Photography by Matthew Carbone/A/D/O and NArchitects.
a woman stands in front of a magazine rack
Once a warehouse, the space now features desks, a fabrication lab, a room for seminars, a café, and a shop. Photography by Matthew Carbone/A/D/O and NArchitects.

Amalgamated Drawing Office. That was the British Motor Corporation department responsible for the Mini Cooper, which in 1959 broke many rules of automotive engineering. And Mini’s current parent company, BMW, has chosen the name A/D/O for a quietly branded incubator and coworking space in Brooklyn, New York. NArchitects maintained the graffiti-covered brick exterior of the 23,000-square-foot warehouse, which now offers desks and a fabrication lab, a room for seminars on design-related topics, and the requisite café and shop.

> See more from the March 2017 issue of Interior Design

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