Hello Hackney! We’re pretty proud to announce that our second Areaworks coworking space is now open. It’s taken a fair old effort, but it all seems worth it when we gaze out from our retro bubble chairs on the vibrancy of Kingsland Road and the cool and calm of the Regents Canal.
We’ve carved a warm, inviting, and inspiring office space from the bones of an old design agency office in happening Hackney. And you’re invited to share it with us – we’re open for business and welcome everyone; freelancers, small businesses, creatives and tech companies (with our 1GB broadband connection). Give us a shout to arrange a viewing, or drop us a line if you want to come along to our launch night on Thursday 5th July.
Starting out with little more than a shell (and a love of ‘hygge’, the Danish sense of comfort), Areaworks’ own Jude worked alongside Interior Designer Gemma Fabbri on the concepts that would become our timber-clad, industrially lit, N1/E2/E8-intersection home. Some key features remained. A glass partition that provides a subtle division between work and relaxation areas. The simple painted concrete floor. And the WCs – complete with shower (though we might have added the TRESemmé hairdryer, wink). Others were changed; from knocking down the kitchen wall to create space for an informal meeting booth – to building a new meeting room to extend the space’s functionality.
And the fit-out? Heavy on the timber – reclaimed timber-clad walls, bespoke kitchen units, desktops on raw scaffold legs – and big on Areaworks character. We’re into giving things an open feel and on building spaces that engender a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere. Hence the amount of natural light, and our vow to never squash in the desks. And we can’t resist those special touches…Our retro bubble chairs are as comfy as they are cool, suspended from the ceiling on chains. Industrial lightshades were sourced from from a company called Urban Cottage. Our living area – perfect for working, chatting, lunching or just kicking back with a complementary coffee – is a real home from home, with throws, rugs and greenery.
Did someone say ROOF TERRACE?!? The crowning glory of our Areaworks Hackney coworking space is its – you read it right – roof terrace. Six floors up, we can’t wait to put it to use for events (launch on 5th July, don’t forget), views, drinks and perhaps a spot of lunchtime tanning. Seats and potted plants arriving any day…
Building a beautiful, welcoming co-working space is all well and good, but it’s not much use in the back of beyond. Well, good news. We’re a stones throw from the Regent’s Canal (a left-handed throw at that), and just minutes’ walk from the buzz of Dalston, Hackney, and Shoreditch. Haggerston station is 3 minutes’ walk away, Hackney’s 6 or 7 minutes, and being on Kingsland Road itself we’re not short of bus options either. We’re looking forward to exploring the abundance of coffee, lunch and after-work drinks (hic) options – but for the time-being we can whole-heartedly recommend the friendly folks at By The Bridge Cafe for just about all the refreshment and sustenance you’re likely to need…
Areaworks Hackney is open, so come on in.
Areaworks is a provider of open supportive coworking office spaces in accessible areas throughout London. We don’t believe in stuffy central locations, long commutes, impersonal and uptight environments. We believe there’s a better way of working, and we’re here to make it happen: in our areas, with our areas. We believe in opening up communities that inspire progress and open up opportunities. We offer complete turnkey work place solutions for start-ups, creatives, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. We design our desk coworking to feel open, to encourage collaboration and productivity, to inspire you to think differently. Areaworks currently has two coworking spaces in prime London locations. If you are looking for a coworking space in London, which provides you with the environment and opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals, then we have the perfect place for you.