Co-working has never been more well-designed than it is today. Whether you’re a small tech startup or a digital nomad, you’ve got options. More than just a place to hunker down to work for a few hours or several months, the ideal co-working space offers flexibility, affordability and the kind of idea exchanges and collaboration opportunities every growing startup needs. That’s also why bigger corporations are getting into the co-working game, housing innovation incubators outside HQ.
Co-working might just be the way most work gets done in the near future, no matter where in the world we’re working. Here, we’ve gathered a snapshot of co-working spaces that span the globe, places that consistently inspire new ideas and look good doing it.
Crew Café. Unbelievably high ceilings and classical Beaux-Arts style melds with contemporary architecture to set Crew apart. Located in the historic head office of the Royal Bank of Canada, the work space and excellent café offers a tranquil place to work in bustling Old Montréal.
Central Working. In a city as big as London, it seems impossible to choose only one co-working space — in fact, most of the original co-working spaces have multiplied, with locations across the city. Customized to the neighbourhoods they’re in, Central Working’s locations focus on productivity and community building, yet maintain the vibe of a friendly local pub in the heart of the action.
The Yard and The Farm. Much like London, NYC has seen its co-working spaces proliferate. With 10 uniquely designed spaces throughout in the city and beyond, The Yard counts Uber, Namely and Blue Apron among its original members and actively encourages every new member to shoot for similar stars. Meanwhile, The Farm brings an organic country aesthetic to the big city: a rebuilt age-weathered barn from Missouri is the energetic hub for freelancers and creative startups hitting the cobblestone streets of SOHO.
Naked Hub. Community-specific design details meet historic architecture in Naked Hub’s locations — already expanded to six locations in Beijing after establishing 17 spaces in Shanghai. In the 798 Art District, Naked Hub Jiuxianqiao turned a factory space into a natural-light filled office complete with a ping pong room and unlimited tea. Their new Sanlitun location at Pacific Century Place transforms office-tower life into an uplifting experience — the swimming pool helps too.
L’Atelier. Mountains, ocean, year-round greenery — Vancouver’s natural beauty surrounds L’Atelier in Gastown, but the real inspiration comes from the variety of creative entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers working in the comfortable, unpretentious space at all hours and sharing forward-thinking ideas.
Meet Berlage. One of the most visually impressive and sprawling co-working spaces in the city, Meet Berlage calls the historic Beur van Berlage stock exchange home. The monumental space and the amount of dedicated, lively work going on inside it fittingly reflects modernist architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage’s ambition to imbue his buildings with a sense of purpose and community.
Mindspace. Taking a book from the page of its hometown co-working hero, WeWork founder and CEO Adam Neumann, Tel Aviv offers an abundance of co-working options, from modern skyscraper offices to a reimagined municipal library. International co-working company Mindspace created a massive and beautiful co-working space right in the middle of it all on Rothschild “Silicon” Boulevard, perfect for a meeting of the minds.
The Food Loft. A little different than your average co-working offices, but a universal example of what happens when a community rallies around its brightest members, The Food Loft is where tech, entrepreneurship and food intersect. The convivial work space also offers mentorship opportunities, strategic resources and more options to support food businesses as they grow.
THINGS. Stockholm’s co-working spaces range from myriad chill cafés to a refurbished castle, but among the high-tech standouts is THINGS, located at the Royal Institute of Technology. Dedicated to serious technological innovation, from the Internet of Things to medical robotics, THINGS drives large-scale value creation by pairing startups with some of the biggest companies in Sweden.
HanaHaus. Hundreds of entrepreneurs join the thousands already iterating in Silicon Valley each year, so it’s no surprise that co-working spaces abound and everyone’s got their favourites. The airy, open-concept HanaHaus in Palo Alto turned the 90-year-old Varsity Theatre into a space designed to function at all levels and foster collaboration, learning and community among solo freelancers and thriving startups alike.
We’ve name-checked only a handful of the incredible co-working spaces around the world — we’d love to hear about your favourite place to get productive at home or abroad. Let us know @startupfest or Tourisme Montréal @Montreal. And if you’re from one of these or 10 other vibrant startup cities, enter the Startup World Championships for a chance to represent your city and do some life-changing networking at Startupfest. We’re looking forward to working with you in July in our unique festival vibe!