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