Soho House has long been a hub for creatives to exchange ideas, dream up scripts and kickstart new business ventures while sipping on a Portland Sour. Now the private members’ club has taken the next step, opening a co-working space in London to help those ideas become a reality.
Soho Works takes over a 16,000 sq ft space inside the Tea Building, also home to the group’s Shoreditch House outpost.
‘As Soho House membership has grown, we have seen first hand the way people work has shifted massively in the past few years,’ says Soho House & Co founder, Nick Jones. ‘There’s a group of entrepreneurs and business where the standard 9-5 in an office no longer exists and people make their work fit in around the lives.’
Open 24/7, Soho Works Shoreditch offers up 23 private studies – seating companies of one to ten people – clusters of shared desks and hot-desking ‘sitting room’ spaces. Members of Soho House will be able to use Soho Works for discounted rates.
The company’s in-house design team has fitted out Soho Works with a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, including Victorian dining tables, mid-century sideboards and chandeliers, and Humanscale-designed ergonomic furniture.
Over the coming months, Soho Works will be rolled out across several other locations. A 24,000 sq ft co-working space will open in the Akaretler district of Istanbul – spread across five period townhouses – and a 22,000 sq ft hub will take over a 1950s building on Sunset Boulevard in LA.
Looking further ahead, the group is planning an expansive 40,000 sq ft co-working space in Clerkenwell for spring 2017, as well as a similarly-sized space in Chicago later that year.