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