Co-working pure and simple is a thing of the past. In China, innovative co-working projects are being developed that abolish the boundaries between working, living and consuming.
Co-working pure and simple is a thing of the past. In China, innovative co-working projects are being developed that abolish the boundaries between working, living and consuming. After pioneers like Dan Wei had at first played a pioneering role in the Co-working Spaces experiment in our country but were unsuccessful in the long run, we have been witnessing a downright boom since 2016. This has to do with the fact that in China many big enterprises have been laying off employees since 2014 and that subsequently society and politics have encouraged the formation of small and micro-sized companies. Besides, the post-90s generation is relying on mobile working tools and firmly believes that it can do without fixed spaces or structures.
And last but not least a co-working space will need only efficient renovation of existing vacancies and offers a shorter-term return on investment. Compared with America and Europe, we have fewer freelancers in China, and that is why co-working spaces here are mostly targeted toward start-ups and small to medium-sized companies or employees of established enterprises. Some of our co-working spacers offer community services that reach beyond mere working. This ranges from the booking of meeting rooms by app to budget accommodation (sleep boxes), interactive kitchens or express deliveries, teaching classes for kids or a check-in service for the nearest airport.
In Shanghai, ‚Naked Hub@Hongqiao the Hub‘ has made a name for itself as a community-centred co-working concept since November 2015. Also by an exceptional look and feel. There are striking lamp shades that were used in the Guizhou province as carrying baskets, and hand-made African stools blend in with the furnishings and the green wall. Numerous niches and lounging cubbies (beds!) ensure that all types of working styles can be satisfied. While many hubbers still believe that reliable WiFi and free beverages are the main features of co-working spaces, the boundaries between working, living and consuming have become blurred for quite some time. And those between art, city and nature into the bargain.
Best regards, Jamy Yang