global roam­ing

The rise of free­lance cul­ture has us yearn­ing for the road, but where do you go once you’re over work­ing from Star­bucks?

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At­ten­tion free­lancers: this cre­ative com­mu­nal work­ing space is the stuff dreams are made of.

It’s not of­ten spo­ken about, but there’s a catch 22 for those par­tak­ing in the boom of freespir­ited “dig­i­tal no­mads”, mak­ing a liv­ing while liv­ing out of a suit­case. With no de­sire for a fixed ad­dress, these trav­ellers will hit the road, lap­top in tow, to work in what­ever time zone they land in. It sounds glam­orous, but if you’re bud­get-con­scious, the ac­com­mo­da­tion choices are of­ten lim­ited to Airbnb or (cringe) hos­tels. The for­mer can start to feel lonely, and the lat­ter? Well, let’s face it, the lack of soft tow­els and pow­er­ful wi-fi is pretty much a deal-breaker for any­one over 20. Still, the pull of liv­ing ev­ery­where and nowhere at the same time can be hard to shake, par­tic­u­larly when the al­ter­na­tive re­al­ity is a grey cu­bi­cle and peak-hour con­ges­tion.

En­ter the new trend of co-liv­ing 2.0 – a techy up­grade from the com­mune-style liv­ing of the ’70s that aims to close the frus­trat­ing gap be­tween com­fort, ne­ces­sity and bud­get, with a Sil­i­con-val­ley ve­neer. At the fore­front is Roam, which is like Airbnb for de­sign con­scious, like-minded pro­fes­sional tran­sients. Boast­ing chic, global home-of­fice prop­er­ties with Eames desk chairs, bunk-less pri­vate rooms and bul­let-proof wi-fi, co-work-life start-ups like Roam blur the lines be­tween a share house, hos­tel, cre­ative ate­lier and stu­dio apart­ment. “We offer a ser­vice for those who don’t want to be tied down to a reg­u­lar lease, sav­ing the has­sle of hav­ing to find a place to work from when work­ing re­motely,” says co-founder Bruno Haid, who has been closely trail­ing the “share con­omy” boom. See also: IKEA’S SPACE10, a col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search project look­ing into how we can adapt to own less and share more, as a re­sponse to grow­ing pop­u­la­tions, de­plet­ing re­sources and the rise of hous­ing costs.

“Work­place struc­tures will con­tinue to shift over time to re­flect the grow­ing need for flex­i­bil­ity by this gen­er­a­tion and the gen­er­a­tions to come,” says Haid. “Work­places will be­come less lo­ca­tion de­pen­dent, and we’ll [soon] see the growth of re­mote work­ers.” Death to the grey cu­bi­cle is nigh.

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