Is your dirty laundry pile taunting you from your home-office setup?
Perhaps it’s time you say goodbye to your study and hello to a shared office space where the only smells wafting about wreak of peony candles and fruity teas.
Not so long ago, you wouldn’t be caught dead in a shared workspace. Largely a playground for techies and self-promoting entrepreneurs, it was somewhere you’d avoid unless, of course, that was your vibe.
As if the experts from Queer Eye have sprinkled their fairy dust, the coworking scene has taken on a new identity in recent years.
Now known for their collaborative ethe, sense of community and fabulous facilities — not to mention their coveted social calendars — some are so popular (and beautifully designed) that you may have to put your name on the waitlist to get your foot in the door.
Here’s the the best of Sydney’s bunch (and we’ll be updating this periodically because it seems that new fancy shared office digs are popping up every month. Stay tuned).
La Porte Space
Without a doubt one of Sydney’s most beautiful workspaces, La Porte Space is perfect for the modern creative. Encompassing a photographic studio, wellness space and a courtyard — beware once you’re there, you’ll probably never want to leave.
Founded in New York in 2010, WeWork currently boasts 270 locations and counting.
Their frequent flying members are known to use the company’s world domination to their advantage, dropping by any of their global outposts in between meetings, even if it’s just to down a beer.
Level One Community
For those who want to effortlessly separate their home life from their work life, then Level One Community is for you. Located in Marrickville, Inner West residents won’t have to feel guilty about cheating on their usual coffee spot.
The Office Space
This award-winning boutique serviced office in the Surry Hills’ historic Paramount building is well worth a peek for its aesthetics alone. The brainchild of husband and wife duo Boris and Naomi Tosic has had the likes of Monocle, Wallpaper and the Australian Financial Review singing its praises.
With two locations in the heart of Sydney, there’s no looking past Your Desk. On offer are office spaces, hot desks and meeting rooms — all of which very sound corporate if you don’t consider its laidback warehouse meets greenhouse setting.
Created by a startup for startups, this serviced business hub is for those who’ve outgrown the dining room table but are still testing the waters.
Day passes start at $25, which we think is quite affordable if you consider lunch and a few coffees at a cafe with crappy Wi-Fi could easily cost you a tenner more.
Situated in Rosebery’s most talked about precinct, CoHouses Studios counts Three Blue Ducks, Archie Rose Distilling Co. and Assembly Label among its neighbours.
Between its open loft ceiling and hardwood floorboards, the focus is on the three Cs: creative, community and collaboration.
Steps away bustling King Street is the Commune where your next desk buddy could be a creative, tech entrepreneur or the staffer of a local business.
Its sister location in Waterloo is home to its photography and events studios, which members can enjoy at a discounted rate.
We’re calling it now, the Work Club is Australia’s answer to Soho House.
You’ll find everyone from fashion designers to industry disruptors mingling in swanky offices in Barangaroo and the Sydney’s Supreme Court.
Global connections mean that members can also gain to private clubs across 11 countries, including from the exclusive Saint James Club in Paris to the Norwood Club in New York.