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.
“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?”