Business Traveller - - REMOTE WORKING -

NeueHouse, Los An­ge­les Lo­cated on Sun­set Boule­vard, two-year-old NeueHouse LA (pic­tured pre­vi­ous page) has be­come known for host­ing Hol­ly­wood af­ter-par­ties. But it has a se­ri­ous side too. The venue is vast, with enor­mous in­dus­trial-sized halls (Stu­dio A was once used for ra­dio broad­cast­ing and is fit­ted with a high lu­men full HD pro­jec­tor, 30-foot screen and the­atri­cal dim­ming sys­tem), stylish work zones, two restau­rants, a pent­house with a built-in bar, a cin­ema and al fresco deck for up to 400 del­e­gates. There are var­i­ous hy­per-slick meet­ing rooms too and all of th­ese spa­ces can be hired. If you come to LA a lot, Re­serve mem­bers can book con­fer­ence space, sign up for events and use the com­mu­nal work and so­cial spa­ces five busi­ness days a month plus evenings and week­ends. NeueHouse also has a club in New York – day passes are avail­able for mem­bers of the LA branch and vice versa. Re­serve mem­ber­ship US$400 a month. neuehouse.com Min­istry of New, Mum­bai Con­ceived by a pair of Dutch ex­pats, Mar­lies Bloe­men­daal and Natascha Chadha, the Min­istry of New was one of the first col­lab­o­ra­tive workspaces to ar­rive in Mum­bai when it de­buted six years ago. In 2016, it re­lo­cated to 19th­cen­tury build­ing Kitab Ma­hal on DN Road. Be­yond its blue-tiled ex­te­rior, there is a board­room and li­brary that can be rented by the hour, a Skype pod, lock­ers, a kitchen, restau­rant, out­door ter­race, show­ers, a lounge and even stand­ing desks. Ex­pect white walls off­set with splashes of colour, dis­plays of cu­rios, plan­ta­tion shut­ters, de­signer fur­ni­ture, pot plants, lots of light, pat­terned tex­tiles and even an in­door swing. Mem­bers in­clude coaches, con­sul­tants, SMEs and dig­i­tal no­mads. One day pass Rs 1,500 (£17), ten days a month Rs 11,500 ru­pees (£128). min­istry­ofnew.in Crew Col­lec­tive, Mon­treal Opened in 2016, at the heart of this club is an open-to-all, 100-seat café serv­ing lo­cal mi­cro-roasted cof­fee and a menu that is up­dated live (you can or­der on­line and have your ve­gan brownie de­liv­ered to where you are sit­ting). Lo­cated in the orig­i­nal 1926 Royal Bank of Canada head­quar­ters, the his­toric hall has long com­mu­nal ta­bles and free wifi. Crew Col­lec­tive rents out meet­ing rooms for up to eight peo­ple from C$15 (£9) an hour and also has pri­vate desks. Al­though any­one can join, the club is aimed at cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als – from de­vel­op­ers to ar­chi­tects – and has an in­for­mal, re­laxed vibe. The in­te­ri­ors are stun­ning, with mar­ble floors, brass light fit­tings, bronze-plated walled booths and or­nately dec­o­rated ceil­ings. Ac­cess is 24/7. C$20-30 (£12-17) day passes for week­ends/ week­days. crew­col­lec­tive­cafe.com

The Work Project Mid­town, Hong Kong

Another club to launch in 2016 was the Work Project Mid­town (pic­tured below and bot­tom) in Hong Kong’s Cause­way Bay “Knowl­edge Hub”, where neigh­bours in­clude Ap­ple, Face­book and Google. It has al­most 3,000 sqm of cowork­ing space and ser­viced of­fices, a full-ser­vice pantry with happy hours, meet­ing rooms and func­tion space for 120 peo­ple. The in­te­rior de­sign is a blend of cor­po­rate greys and nat­u­ral wood, with con­tem­po­rary ex­posed pipework on the ceil­ings and liv­ing walls of fo­liage. Cof­fee is free and mem­bers are given a se­cure key­card for round-the-clock ac­cess. Day pass from HK$350 (£34), part-time hot desk (ten days a month) HK$2,250 (£325). the­workpro­ject.com/hk

Tiny Em­pire, Cape Town

This new ar­rival en­tered the scene ear­lier this year, and re­sides in a ren­o­vated 100-year-old tea ware­house on Buitenkant Street. Ca­ter­ing to “se­rial en­trepreneurs, startup junkies and busi­ness gu­rus”, there is a com­mu­nal Work Lobby and Work Lounge for tap­ping away on your lap­top or sip­ping cof­fee with clients. The club has a res­i­den­tial feel with hard­back books on cof­fee ta­bles, white­washed walls, post-mod­ern Brazil­ian arm­chairs, ab­stract art and Ae­sop prod­ucts in the show­ers. There are in­di­vid­ual work­sta­tions in the Read­ing Room for those who visit more of­ten, as well as suites for teams who want a more per­ma­nent base. The meet­ing booths are handy for in­ter­views and tak­ing calls. Day pass R250 (£15). tinyem­pire.co.za

Fos­bury and Sons, An­twerp

Fol­low­ing the trend for in­spir­ing ar­chi­tec­tural lo­ca­tions, the Bel­gian city’s Fos­bury and Sons took over a por­tion of 1960s mod­ernist build­ing the WATT Tower in 2016. The 5,500 sqm club is lo­cated on the first floor, and like many other ven­tures de­scribed in this fea­ture, is far from be­ing a ster­ile, unin­spir­ing of­fice en­vi­ron­ment. Con­trast­ing with the plen­ti­ful use of con­crete, steel and glass, are tim­ber desks and lush green fo­liage. There are nu­mer­ous invit­ing spots to set­tle your­self for the day – from bleacher seats to airy mid-cen­tury studios – as well as so­cial spa­ces to con­gre­gate in such as the mez­za­nine zone with its red pool ta­ble and in-house bar. The com­mon space in­cludes “fo­cus booths”, a silent room, open kitchen, li­brary and chang­ing rooms. Work­shops, lec­tures and fo­rums are sched­uled reg­u­larly. Fos­bury and Sons Brus­sels is com­ing at the end of the year. Mem­ber­ship from €35 a month for a one day pass, ex­tra days €15 (up to five). fos­buryand­sons.com

The Farm SoHo, New York

NYC can bleed you of money, but this co-work­ing space is sur­pris­ingly af­ford­able and even gives dis­counted rates on con­fer­ence room hire. Tak­ing its de­sign lead from the farm­lands of south­ern Mis­souri, there is an em­pha­sis on us­ing oak sal­vaged from old barns, cor­ru­gated tin, sack­cloth cush­ions and cart­wheels mounted on ex­posed brick­work. It’s not what you might ex­pect in New York, but it works well. The club is on the sec­ond floor of a build­ing at 447 Broad­way in Lower Man­hat­tan, which should be con­ve­nient for most busi­ness peo­ple, and ameni­ties range from print­ing and scan­ning to pro­jec­tors and phone booths. Day pass US$25, seven days US$100. the­farm­soho.com

The Great Room, Cen­ten­nial Tower, Sin­ga­pore

Lo­cated on lev­els 17 and 18 of Cen­ten­nial Tower, this 3,344 sqm com­mu­nal of­fice has panoramic views of the city, and opened in early 2018. Its mod­estly priced day pass gives mem­bers the chance to work from its com­fort­able lounge, while reclining on a sofa, or at one of its hot desks. It has the look and feel of a smart, five-star ho­tel ex­ec­u­tive lounge. Light­ing de­sign­ers who worked on Four Sea­sons and Aman projects were brought in to get the il­lu­mi­na­tions right. There is an on-site café for re­fresh­ments. The Great Room also has clubs at One Ge­orge Street and Ngee Ann City in Sin­ga­pore, as well as Gaysorn Tower in Bangkok. Day Pass S$70 (£39). the­great­roomof­fices.com

Canopy Pa­cific Heights, San Fran­cisco

Un­veiled two years ago by de­signer

Yves Béhar, this bou­tique space fea­tures a com­bi­na­tion of shared ta­bles, pri­vate desks and ded­i­cated of­fices de­pend­ing on your needs. A so­phis­ti­cated set-up with Her­man Miller er­gonomic chairs, par­quet floor­ing and black mar­ble, users will find plenty of nat­u­ral day­light, concierge ser­vices, Shi­nola jour­nals and pens, Blue Bot­tle cof­fee, a kitchen, board­room, and even HD video-con­fer­enc­ing. Canopy also has a club on Jack­son Square in San Fran­cisco, as well as one com­ing to the Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict soon. Its fo­cus is on build­ing a “di­verse com­mu­nity of thinkers, cre­ators, builders and in­no­va­tors”. Nomad mem­ber­ship US$275 a month for 60 days’ ac­cess a year. canopy.space

The Of­fice Group, Thomas House, Vic­to­ria, Lon­don

Lux­u­ri­ous yet func­tional, Thomas House is one of 33 cowork­ing venues across Lon­don, Leeds and Bris­tol in The Of­fice Group’s port­fo­lio. It was de­signed by ar­chi­tec­tural firm Soda, who ap­plied a “clean and sim­ple” phi­los­o­phy to over­haul­ing the 6,650 sqm open-plan space, which oc­cu­pies a Re­gency-era build­ing on Ec­cle­ston Square in Pim­lico. High­lights in­clude a gym, bar, li­brary, roof ter­race, mu­sic room and meditation stu­dio, in ad­di­tion to lots of desks (and power points) to sit with your lap­top. There are also din­ing ar­eas, bike stor­age and show­ers so you can freshen up af­ter your com­mute. Meet­ing rooms can be booked with ease from £20 per hour. Lounge mem­ber­ship £75 per month (32 hours) at a choice of 27 lo­ca­tions. the­of­fice­group.co.uk

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