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Creative and Stylish Co-Working Spaces

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 by

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 brings new life to what was formerly an industrial building. Read the full story on industrial co working spaces in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Paper Mill Studios brings new life to what was formerly an industrial building
Image courtesy of Paper Mill Studios

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.

Paper Mill Studios is a creative work space, home to film and photography studios, desk rentals and event spaces. Read the full story on Co Working Spaces in issue four of Warehouse Home Interior design magazine

Paper Mill Studios is a creative work space, home to film and photography studios, desk rentals and event spaces
Image courtesy of Paper Mill Studios

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.

An intimate and inspirational setting where like-minded creatives share space and ideas. Read the full story on industrial inspired co working spaces in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

An intimate and inspirational setting where like-minded creatives share space and ideas
Image courtesy of Paper Mill Studios

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

The creative workspace of Paper Mill Studios evokes the essence of a stylish Warehouse Home throughout. Read the full story on industrial co working spaces in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

The creative workspace of Paper Mill Studios evokes the essence of a stylish Warehouse Home throughout
Image courtesy of Paper Mill Studios

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.

The metal stairway, designed by LEESER Architecture unfolds throughout the space as a co working table. Read the full story on industrial co working spaces in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

The metal stairway, designed by LEESER Architecture unfolds throughout the space as a co working table
Image courtesy of LEESER Architecture

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.

Dramatic in Teal and Yves Klein Blue, the featured metal staircase is inspired by origami folds and forms. Read the full story on industrial co working spaces in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Dramatic in Teal and Yves Klein Blue, the featured metal staircase is inspired by origami folds and forms
Image courtesy of LEESER Architecture

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.

The dynamic form of the staircase cleverly connects communal spaces creating a sense of visual continuity. Read the full story on industrial co working spaces in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

The dynamic form of the staircase cleverly connects communal spaces creating a sense of visual continuity
Image courtesy of LEESER Architecture

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.

Band of lighting recessed into the floors and cabinetry define common areas throughout the interior space. Read the full story on industrial co working spaces in issue four of Warehouse Home interior design magazine

Band of lighting recessed into the floors and cabinetry define common areas throughout the interior space
Image courtesy of LEESER Architecture

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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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