Examples of shared office and co-working spaces are popping up everywhere. Each workplace design is different, to meet the changing needs of various worker populations.

Consider Boston’s Geek Offices. They started back in 2009, transforming 3400 sq. ft. of commercial space into shared office space for start-ups and individuals tired of working at home or in a coffee shop. Now they encompass more than 23,000 square feet. Geek’s neighborhood-based, shared office spaces are geared towards individuals and companies who want to have a semi-permanent work home, separate from their freelance, or work-at-home, life.

Geek Offices Cambridge location

Geek Offices, Cambridge location. Source: geekoffices.com

 

Newton location

Geek Offices, Newton location. Source: geekoffices.com.

 

This model is intentional. Geek Offices’ manager, Hillary Brown says, “We also decided early on to focus on companies that wanted to stay for a while, rather than high turnover daily visits that are found at other spaces.” Professionals gain all the benefits of co-worker camaraderie with the added freedom of creating their own schedule.

Compare that with KeyWorking in Miami. Their motto is, “Not your typical shared workspace.” Upscale amenities, like a high-end snack cafe and a trending wall provide essential breaks and refueling for the inspiration tank.

KeyWorking Office

KeyWorking Office. Source: thrillist.com

 

Trending Wall_KeyWorking

KeyWorking Trending Wall. Source: keyworking.com

 

However, they cater more to the hip, on-the-go professional who travels often and just needs a quick spot to work or meet with clients. Jet setting professionals can rent virtual office space, as well as co-working desks or suites.

Which workplace design suits you best? Are you community-minded or a business maverick? If you’re interested in exploring the idea of shared office space design, contact Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture and Interiors.