Zen Com­pound, com­ing this fall, is hop­ing to be tech of the town

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Erin Dou­glas

A high-tech “other worldly” ex­pe­ri­ence is com­ing to Den­ver’s night life in the Capi­tol Hill neigh­bor­hood this fall.

A new night­club, art gallery, cowork­ing space and café will open in the old City Hall Event Venue at 1136 N. Broad­way St. The Zen Com­pound, a con­cept that ties four busi­nesses in one, was cre­ated by a startup en­tre­pre­neur in San Fran­cisco 10 years ago.

Af­ter ex­per­i­ment­ing with ev­ery­thing from heal­ing gar­dens to juice bars, CEO and founder Paul Hem­ming thinks he fi­nally found a for­mula that works for what he in­tended: dif­fer­ent di­men­sions work­ing to­gether from day to night in the same space.

“All th­ese ex­per­i­ments fused into one sin­gle or­gan­ism and that’s what we’re repli­cat­ing in Den­ver,” Ham­ming said. “The Zen Com­pound is the ac­tual fa­cil­ity but it’s also an el­e­ment – a cre­ative force to bind all of th­ese forces to­gether.”

Tem­ple Night­club is a high-tech venue that tracks dancers’ move­ments

room to room to pro­vide a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence, in­te­grates gam­i­fi­ca­tion and in­cor­po­rates mo­tion-sens­ing light shows.

“We’re a data-driven com­pany,” Ham­ming said, ex­plain­ing that his com­pany uses RFID sen­sors in the night­club. “We have a plat­form to man­age th­ese spa­ces in the most cre­ative ways pos­si­ble.”

Dur­ing the day, the Zen Com­pound trans­forms into a café, art gallery and co-work­ing space.

Th­ese three pieces won’t open un­til Jan­uary.

The co-work­ing space is an open of­fice for start-ups, free­lancers and en­trepreneurs. A monthly mem­ber­ship – run­ning from $400 to $700 – is re­quired to ac­cess the space, which Ham­ming said has all the tools to run a busi­ness.

“You have ac­cess to a com­mu­nity sur­rounded by a hive of en­ergy,” Ham­ming said. “It’s an in­spir­ing space.”

Zen Com­pound’s co-work­ing space, called ECO-SYSTM, will have 150 seats in the Den­ver lo­ca­tion. Dif­fer­ent lev­els of mem­ber­ship will yield a ded­i­cated desk, or other ameni­ties.

The art gallery, which dec­o­rates the co-work­ing and café spa­ces, is cu­rated by Ham­ming, who be­came an avid art col­lec­tor while he owned a record shop.

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