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A PENT­HOUSE SPOT is the CO-WORK­ING SPACE in the mid­dle of it all.

Esquire (Philippines) - - THIS WAY IN - by Marbbie Tagabucba Makati Stock Ex­change, Ayala Av­enue, Makati

Vik­tor gets an over­haul; high times with Bre­mont; dou­ble den­ims; the pain­less lift.

Consider this: Clock In, lo­cated at the pent­house of the Makati Stock Ex­change build­ing in Ayala Tri­an­gle, is right in the mid­dle of the Makati busi­ness and com­mer­cial cen­ter—some­thing no other co-work­ing space of­fers right now.

The 400-squareme­ter space by prop­erty de­vel­oper Ayala Land Of­fices ac­com­mo­dates 107 peo­ple, and al­ready it has been op­er­at­ing at full ca­pac­ity since it opened its doors in June. That says a lot about the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of co-work­ing in the coun­try. Lo­ca­tions in Ayala Malls The 30th Or­ti­gas and Ver­tis North, Que­zon City are also in the works.

On its shared workspaces, the rule is “hot desk”ing, where sta­tions are dis­trib­uted on a first-come, first­served pol­icy (for P550 a day). If you pre­fer some­thing more per­ma­nent, there are 15 pri­vate suites, en­closed in glass and se­cured by locks, that can ac­com­mo­date a team of three to 11 peo­ple (at P15,000 per seat, per month). Perks for both in­clude, among oth­ers, concierge ser­vices and free use of the meet­ing room, which seats 12 and has a smart TV for pre­sen­ta­tions and VoIP phone for au­dio con­fer­ences.

Of course, the cowork­ing space comes with ser­vices de­serv­ing of its pres­ti­gious busi­ness ad­dress. There are ameni­ties like a fully stocked pantry with free cof­fee and tea all day, clean­ing and of­fice main­te­nance, and bio­met­rics se­cu­rity ac­cess. No­table fea­tures are the low over­head cost, flex­i­ble lease du­ra­tion and rates, and IT and ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port. These make Clock In great for start-up ven­tures or in­de­pen­dent en­trepreneurs as well as short-term projects and satel­lite of­fices for com­pa­nies head­quar­tered abroad.

Who will you find here? A more se­ri­ous ros­ter of work­ers: health­care providers, IT ser­vices and re­cruit­ment firms, re­new­able en­ergy out­fits, and sales and web devel­op­ment com­pa­nies. But don’t be in­tim­i­dated. The setup en­cour­ages col­lab­o­ra­tion, com­mu­nity, and the chance to net­work, the dis­tin­guish­ing and in­tan­gi­ble fea­tures of a cowork­ing space.

Ob­serve: Be­cause the break area and pantry are right next to each other, co-work­ers in­ter­act over food (when peo­ple leave their food in the bar, it means it’s for shar­ing). Pick­ing up on the of­fice cul­ture, Clock In also serves free break­fast ev­ery Mon­day from eight to ten in the morn­ing. And off the pantry, there is a wide roof deck over­look­ing Ayala Av­enue. This space, which will be outfitted for events, may soon be­come the next start-up hotspot. Watch out for it.

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