WeWork’s First Public Location Is a Productive, Colorful Office Space—No Membership Required
Oh, and it has a gift shop, too.
Updated Aug 30, 2019 11:40 AM
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The options for working remotely, as of late, have amounted to three typical options: work from home, find a coffee shop with a bathroom and a decent quantity of outlets, or shell out for a membership to a co-working space. Recently, though, WeWork—recently rebranded as The We Company—has stepped up to add a new option. The company’s flagship public space in Manhattan, dubbed Made by We, is a colorful workspace where you can rent a desk or conference space whenever you need it.
Like many other recently opened co-working spaces, Made by We is filled with trademarks of contemporary office design. Gone are the headache-inducing fluorescent lights and depressing gray cubicles. Instead, the space is rife with playful neon signs, vividly upholstered seating options, and graphic wall decor. Essentially, it’s a place where you’ll actually want to spend time.
Working in the space does have a cost, although it’s not a strict members-only club. Renting a desk costs $65 a day, or $6 for 30 minutes (and $0.20 every minute after that), and conference rooms start at $50 an hour. This compares to a We membership price, which starts at $45 a month for booking privileges, but also costs $50 a day for a consistent workplace. If you only need access to the very occasional desk or meeting room, Made by We is likely the better financial option.
In addition to shared desk space and meeting rooms, this location also features a shop that sells products by member companies, and there is, of course, a coffee bar. While this is currently the only Made by We location, The We Company’s increasing popularity worldwide (currently, it offers has 550 locations in 97 different cities), could very well lead to more Made by We locations in other bustling metropolitan areas.
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