EL Tries

Expatriate Lifestyle - - Contents - By Karin Chan

As mo­bile work­forces and dis­rup­tive star­tups be­gin to change our tra­di­tional ideas of em­ploy­ment and busi­ness, it shouldn’t be sur­pris­ing that of­fices are evolv­ing too. We’re a tad late to the co-work­ing craze, which took off around 2005, but we’re be­gin­ning to see them pop up here in KL at last – and Colony is a gleam­ing ex­am­ple of this new breed of workspace.

Colony’s cer­tainly got that ‘wow’ fac­tor when you first walk in. Warm wood ac­cents and soft yel­low light­ing com­ple­ment tall win­dows, huge mir­rors and lots of con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings. We found the long hall­way con­nect­ing the café area in front to the lounge and other of­fices in the back par­tic­u­larly eye-catch­ing with its monochrome tile pat­tern.

A co-work­ing space is es­sen­tially a work area that can be shared by mul­ti­ple in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent busi­nesses. At Colony, you can pay for ac­cess to the open plan seat­ing, a ded­i­cated desk or a pri­vate of­fice – or just get a time pass and pop by when­ever you need a place to work. Its el­e­gant am­bi­ence also means it’s a great op­tion for host­ing an event or photo shoot.

I see it as a ho­tel for busi­ness – all fa­cil­i­ties are top­notch and ser­vice al­ways comes with a smile. You need a pro­grammed elec­tronic card to ac­cess all the ar­eas and rooms. Wifi is speedy and the pass­word is changed ev­ery day. The meet­ing rooms have white­boards and tele­con­fer­enc­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. There’s even a ded­i­cated kids’ play area (with an IKEA toy kitchen we were dy­ing to play with) where you can work and watch your chil­dren at the same time.

If I’d had more time, I would have taken my pick of books from the book­cases and en­joyed a good read in the bean­bag cor­ner, booked a mas­sage in the mas­sage room (sep­a­rate charge) or got­ten 30 min­utes of shut­eye in the (ham­mock or sofa bed) nap rooms. There’s al­ways time for lunch, though, and I was grate­ful that Bold Grains pro­vided healthy food op­tions at Colony, with espres­solab serv­ing up cof­fee fixes.

Colony’s pic­turesque dé­cor led us to choose it as the venue for our photo shoot, but af­ter find­ing out it’s just op­po­site Pavil­ion KL and a short walk from the Bukit Bin­tang MRT sta­tion, I now wish I worked there in­stead. If I had a dream KL of­fice, Colony would prob­a­bly be it! EL

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