Creative and Stylish Co-Working Spaces
The vast open-plan spaces of former factories, mills and warehouses are ideal for redevelopment for office use. With the rising popularity of collaborative working, facilities are springing up in cities around the world. And freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups are flocking to them. Two new, very different conversions, on either side of the Atlantic, prove that the imaginative reuse of industrial buildings can foster creativity, collaboration and a sense of community. Read on as we share two inspiring co working spaces designed within an industrial setiing
1. Paper Mill Studios; a dream realised in combining work, home and people under one roof.
Paper Mill Studios are the realisation of a long-term ambition for photographer Sam and stylist Sarah. They worked closely with Gresford Architects and Stack London to bring new life to a former industrial building, just a stone’s throw from ‘Silicon Roundabout’. For Sam and Sarah Robinson this is a live-work arrangement. But the creative workspace evokes the essence of a stylish warehouse home throughout.
Original timber floors and beams, together with exposed London brick, are a striking backdrop for the thoughtfully conceived interiors, combining vintage and reclaimed elements. It’s an intimate and inspirational setting where like-minded creatives come to share space and ideas.
Paper Mill Studios is home to photographic and film studios, as well as kitchen sets and event spaces. Desk rentals are available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis
2. COWORKRS; a communal space cleverly connected by dynamic, shifting form
A dramatic blue origami-inspired staircase is the defining feature of the COWORKRS headquarters in Brooklyn. Devised by LEESER Architecture, the metal stairway unfolds through the three levels of the former factory.
Yves Klein Blue on the exterior and teal on the interior, its dynamic form cleverly connects communal spaces, creating a sense of visual continuity and cohesion, and on the ground floor it unfolds into a co-working table.
The raw fabric of the industrial building has been retained, from concrete columns, timber beams and exposed brick to original graffiti. Contemporary interventions are clearly distinguished. Colourful pathways run throughout the industrial building, linking the stairways and suggesting circulation routes. Bands of lighting recessed into the floors and cabinetry define the common areas.
COWORKRS comprises communal work zones as well as enclosed offices, together with kitchen and dining areas, glass conference rooms, a lounge and a large rooftop terrace. The new venue offers over 500 desks for the next generation of startups.
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This feature has been taken from Warehouse Home Issue Four, which is out now! The latest issue of the internationally renowned Warehouse Home magazine is live online and can be enjoyed in full and entirely free. Read Warehouse Home Issue Four by clicking here or view in the reader below.
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