Haven’t you ever found yourself alone, working at home, ant with no one to talk to but your dog? Or the other situation when you are at Starbucks working and suddenly the internet starts giving trouble? Sure you all know what I am talking about. We all need distraction every once in a while, and we all want unlimited internet connection and comfortable chairs. But what we crave the most is, at least in my hones opinion, a motivating workplace.
I am lucky enough to live, in Chicago, near to a Starbucks (so far like everybody else), an Argo Tea (still nothing impossible), Intelligentsia, Bowtruss Company and Next Door Chicago (Amazing, right?). Each one better than the previous. But not enough for me to consider them my working space.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those nice tables of Next Door for your own without having to wake up early in the morning to get a free spot, or to move to the cold Starbucks after 10pm because where you are working closes?
Well, it looks like our prayers have been heard. The most fancy co-working spaces i have heard of are in Amsterdam, as many other cool things, the amazing Dutch capital. Two of these spaces have been created by Frederique Keuning and Martijn Roordink, giving social attention to architecture (they hired the architect Sexil Peach to design the interior distribution) and furniture (you could find chairs and tables designed by Tom Dixon or Mies van der Rohe). The pictures of the different areas where you could relax, socialize, work by yourself or work among other people, really make me want to be in need of one of this spots.
However, there is no need to panic in case you do not live in Amsterdam, no need to move. In my two favourite cities (Chicago and Barcelona) there are plenty of these nice spots. 1871 or Coop Chicago are some examples you could check if interested. But, really, the places in Barcelona are amazing. Little, nice and cozy. Comunidadcoworking has spread different “offices” all over the city. These are open to all fields or specialized.