Spaces, Mel­bourne

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Born of trail­blaz­ing Dutch co-work­ing out­fit Spaces, this branch in Mel­bourne’s Rich­mond was one of the first to open out­side the Nether­lands. To­day, there are more than 120 Spaces (and growing) in the global net­work and mem­ber­ship in­cludes ac­cess to all the Busi­ness Clubs. Co-work­ing of­fices are sprout­ing like star­tups (this is a new award cat­e­gory) but the trick is to create some­thing that’s more than a place to plug in a lap­top and put on head­phones. Around the world, Spaces’ lo­ca­tions are built on the same three pil­lars: di­verse com­mu­nity (“sneak­ers and suits”), clean Euro­pean de­sign and an ob­ses­sion with serv­ing ex­cel­lent cof­fee. You can opt for a range of desks, tables and booths or take longer-term of­fice space. Non-mem­bers can hire the meet­ing rooms but mem­ber­ship is the norm, un­lock­ing so­cial events such as med­i­ta­tion morn­ings, beer and dumpling nights and in­spi­ra­tional talks.

Judge’s take

“I like the em­pha­sis on build­ing a com­mu­nity through en­cour­ag­ing more ded­i­cated, reg­u­lar mem­bers, plus the large num­ber of so­cial events in­cluded in the mem­ber­ship. Add ex­cel­lent cof­fee and great de­sign with lots of nat­u­ral light and what is left to want for?”

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