Melbourne will soon be home to a new co-working office space, developed by international US-based start-up WeWork.
The company – known for creating sleek, well-appointed shared office spaces – opened its first Australian locations in Sydney earlier this year.
One three-floor site, located in the Commonwealth Bank building on Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD, has herringbone timber floors and accents of brass and marble, reflecting the address’s legacy. A Pyrmont office occupies a former wool-storage warehouse and its interior features industrial materials. All of WeWork’s co-working spaces are designed to reflect the city and its local surroundings, so each fit-out is different, and the company uses local architects to helm their designs.
The six-floor Melbourne WeWork flagship is located at 152 Elizabeth Street in the historic Palazzo-style London Stores building opposite GPO. Further details of the space and design are yet to be revealed.
WeWork founders Miguel McKelvey and Adam Neumann have said the initial idea for the business came to them in 2010 while working in a shared warehouse in Brooklyn. With no flexibility or communal space, the pair was determined to create another option for those in their shoes.
In the past seven years, WeWork has expanded to 20 different countries.