WE L IE V S PA CES

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Tested -

Last April, the of­fice-shar­ing com­pany We­work in­tro­duced its new­est com­mu­nal ven­ture: hous­ing. We­live’s fully fur­nished apart­ments of­fer an av­er­age of 40 square me­tres of semipri­vate or pri­vate ar­eas for sleep­ing, in ad­di­tion to open, shared spa­ces that come with startup-like perks in­clud­ing laun­dry rooms out­fit­ted with ta­ble ten­nis ta­bles, on-site yoga stu­dios and bars equipped with bit­ters and shak­ers. Com­mu­nity man­agers plan team­build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, such as taco night or karaoke and res­i­dents can con­tact build­ing man­age­ment us­ing an app. There’s even un­lim­ited free beer and cof­fee. It’s a dorm for post-grads. This is not a good thing.

There are cer­tain things you stop af­ter univer­sity: ac­cept­ing T-shirts be­cause they’re free, eat­ing 2 Minute Noo­dles and wear­ing a back­pack ev­ery­where. Also, shar­ing four walls with a rel­a­tive stranger and ice­breaker games of two truths and a lie.

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