Coworking spaces have become a part of everyday work life. They offer unique benefits to freelancers, startups and all the way up to large organisations. The flexibility and freedom it provides has appealed to many and growth has been exponential.
Since this phenomenon began in 2005, coworking spaces have been popping up all over the globe and the digital nomad community has firmly latched onto this concept. In 2018, we will see double the number of coworking spaces internationally when compared to 2015 (only three years back) at 18 900. Coworking spaces have met the demand for a place to network that provides a mix of structure and freedom along with a splash of creativity. It’s no surprise over 1.2m people have worked at a coworking space globally.
We explore the top coworking spaces globally and drill down into what makes them unique, their growth as well as their coatings.
Amsterdam has become a financial centre for Europe in recent years and is termed a global city. Spaces is a large coworking space of over 10 000 meters with the aim to provide an inspiring creative environment for entrepreneurs and startups. Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, you can’t ask for a more convenient location. Apart from high-speed internet and a beautifully designed space, Spaces offers its members extras such as massages, bike rental & dry-cleaning. Feel the enthusiasm and energy of this space and get working!
Cost: €225 per month for shared working space access.
Cape Town is known as the techhub of Africa and there are some amazing coworking spaces in the city. Work & Co tops the lot due to its unique style, vibrant atmosphere and professional tone. This 2000m² space broken up into various working spaces, from hot desks that can be rented per day, to shared office space and private offices that can accommodate up to 15 people. There is a spacious open area inside and outside for lunches and a coffee shop within the space to keep you awake throughout the day. Take in the city views at a weekly networking event and meet other like minded entrepreneurs, creatives and tech gurus.
Cost: $200 per month for a hotdesk
3. Crew Collective – Montreal, Canada
Arguably one of the most beautiful coworking spaces in the world, Crew Collective knocks architecture and design out of the park. The space is built up from an old royal bank from the 1920s yet still boasts a modern and chic flair to it. Private and modern desks at your disposal as well as conference rooms & private bunks for calls as well as a trendy cafe, this space has it all.
Cost: $100-$200 per month for n air desk (undesignated)
Gowork is India’s largest co-working area, situated in New Delhi’s satellite city of Gurgaon which is fast becoming one of the world’s largest tech hubs.India has claimed 50% of the market share for IT outsourcing globally and most of these companies are located in Gurgaaon.
Gowork is one of the largest coworking spaces in the world with over 12,000 seats for coworking. Although, it may not seem trendy or have the same architectural flair as some other top coworking spaces, it’s sheer size & convenient location makes it a top contender.
Cost: $90 per month
WeWork is one of the largest coworking space startups in the world with a valuation of over $20 billion in 2018 and manages 10,000,000 square feet of office space. This giant has opened 270 locations and acquired some of the biggest names in tech since inception in 2010.
The headquarters of Wework are located in Soho, New York Cit and although this may not be the hippest of its locations, it is it’s nucleus. .With six floors and thousands of desks, you will not be alone in the space. There is a coffee shop in partnership with WeWork on the corner which is frequented by remote workers and it’s convenient location is ideal as it is right by the local subway and a crossroads between Soho, Little Italy and ChinaTown.
Cost: $450 per month for a hot desk
Built in an old industrial warehouse, Kaos is designed to cater for art, product and media design. It hosts workshops and exhibitions while at the same time offering a collaborative workspace. The entire space is focused on enabling creation and there is even a photography studio on the premises which can be utilised. Work desks in the office are available as a Flexdesk (portable desk) or as a Fixdesk (permanent desk). All-inclusive workshop spots are available which include WiFi, kitchen, bathroom, jetty, terrace, large open space and storage box.
Cost: $140 for flexidesk, $200 for a fixdesk and $280 for a workshop per month