Hubud, or Hub-in-Ubud, is a beautiful coworking space in Bali, Indonesia. The bamboo and recycled ironwood offices are centrally located right next to Sacred Monkey Forest. The open-plan space offers room for over 200 to work, including conference and meeting rooms, a Skype booth, a cozy loft and a backyard full of beanbags. The café, Living Food Lab, offers views of rice fields and a volcano, too.
Coboat offers a one-of-a-kind approach to coworking: sailing the Mediterranean or South China Sea on a catamaran. High-speed internet is available on board as well as activities and workshops such as yoga, snorkelling and skills sessions. Coboat is working towards a zero-waste policy, and currently uses desalinated ocean water, solar and wind power.
If you’re looking for a more urban experience, check out one of WeWork’s 28 offices in 12 countries. At the core of their values lie community and an aspiration “to make a life, not just a living”. Membership allows you to stop by any one of their locations, plus you get discounts on partner services including health care, legal services, gym memberships and travel.
04. Surf Office
In 2013, Peter Fabor set up an experiment while visiting Spain’s Canary Islands. He wanted to see if he could combine his remote work with his passion for surfing, and attract other people to join in. The formula proved to be a success — and Surf Office was the result.
Surf Office now provides accommodation, working space and company retreats in Gran Canaria, Malaga, Barcelona and Lisbon. Start the day with a jog along the beach, get some work done in the office, then go for a surf. If you’re looking for some of the benefits without leaving town, check out their series of meetups around the world, designed to bring entrepreneurs and digital nomads closer together.
Started in Berlin, Betahaus has now expanded to Hamburg, Barcelona and Sofia, Bulgaria. The original Berlin offices spread out over almost 54,000 square feet on five levels. Traditional amenities like meeting rooms and event and working spaces are accompanied by more unusual options: a hardware lab, a wood workshop and a café. In 2013, Betahaus also launched HARDWARE.co an accelerator program and hardware expertise hub in the German capital, as well as BETAPITCH, a start-up competition.
The working world is evolving, and coworking spaces contribute to the future of increased entrepreneurship and collaboration. Whether built on a more traditional system of beautiful and functional offices with a worldwide network, or an edgier approach onboard a catamaran, this is only the beginning of a new working norm.
Written by Kamila Beyssembaeva
Headline photo of the Betahaus Berlin coworking area by Danique van Kesteren