The Wework Mission – The Story
“TO CREATE A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE WORK TO MAKE A LIFE, NOT JUST A LIVING”
(Wework, Berkeley, United States of America)
Wework was started in 2010 by Miguel McKelvey, Adam Neumann and Rebekah Neumann with the aim to build more than simply beautiful, shared office spaces. Wework wanted to build a community – “A place you join as an individual, ‘me’, but where you become part of a greater ‘we’.” Community is the catalyst for Wework in an place where Wework are redefining success that is measured by personal fulfilment. The Wework mission does not end with just the small businesses and entrepreneurs. Wework empowers its team of people working for Wework, looking after each other and caring for the company culture.
(Wework, Williamsburg, New York City, United States of America)
(Wework, Nomad, New York City, United States of America)
There are Wework “offices” all over the world including; London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Miami, Francisco, Shanghai, Beijing, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston and many more locations – some cities with multiple Wework “offices”.
(Wework, South Bank, London)
(Wework, Chancery Lane, London, England)
(Wework, Martin Place, Sydney, Australia)
The Wework Values
“We do what we love and are connected to something greater than ourselves.”
“We are creators, leaders, and self-starters. We try new things, we challenge convention, and we’re not afraid to fail.”
“We are genuine to our brand, mission, and values. We’re not perfect, and we don’t pretend to be. We are always honest and as transparent as we can be.”
“We never settle. We get shit done and we get it done well. Be persistent and knock down walls–literally if you have to. You have our permission.”
“We are grateful for each other, our members, and to be part of this movement. We don’t take success for granted. We’re happy to be alive.”
“We are in this together. This is a team effort. We always look out for one another. We have empathy, we know we’re all human, and know we can’t do any of this alone.”
(Wework, West Broadway, New York City, United States of America)
The Wework Business Enterprise
“OFFICE SOLUTIONS FOR TEAMS OF ANY SIZE”
“Corporations worldwide are immersing themselves in the WeWork community. We’re collaborating with industry-leading companies to challenge the idea of traditional work space.”
(Wework, Hackescher Markt, Berlin, Germany)
(Wework, Metropool, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
“WORKSPACE, COMMUNITY, AND SERVICES FOR A GLOBAL NETWORK OF CREATORS”
The Wework Work Space
The Wework work space design consists of private offices, hot desks and dedicated desks. The private offices are suitable for teams of 1-100 people with glass walls to maintain individual privacy without sacrificing natural light. The Wework spaces have a very distinct aesthetic with a vibe that will inspire the team that is working within the space. There are also open common areas available where hot desking takes place and dedicated desks within a shared office space.
(Wework, Sony Center, Berlin, Germany)
Wework is a paid office space, a private office starting at £660 per month, a dedicated desk starting at £300 per month and a hot desk starting at £200 per month. Within the spaces, Wework also offers; super fast internet, spacious and unique common areas, business-class printers and printing, free refreshments, onsite staff and private phone booths.
(Wework, Weihai Lu, Shanghai, China)
(Wework, Galaxy, India)
The Wework Community
“CONNECT, LEARN, AND GROW. The power of our community is invaluable.”
Community events are an essential part of the whole Wework experience. These events include anything from the normal scheduled office hours with industry professionals, to drinking and socialising with the other Wework community members. It is all about work and equally it is all about having fun. These events, both the social and the professional happen every day to help develop, build and maintain a strong team culture.
(Wework, Gas Tower, Los Angeles, United States of America)
(Wework, China Town, Washington DC, United States of America)
(Wework, Wonder Bread Factory, Washington DC, United States of America)
Wework also holds Wework community events including; Lunch and Learns – A catered lunch while members share expertise, knowledge, and valuable tips, Office Hours – One to one sessions with industry leaders and investors, Weekly Happy Hours – Socialising in a more casual environment and having drinks with other Wework members, Networking Events – Hundreds of events each year to expand members professional circles.
(Wework, Manhattan Laundry, Washington DC, United States of America)
(Wework, Old Street, London, England)
My Thoughts and Why I have chosen it as a Precedent?
I have chosen Wework as a precedent for my final major project for a few reasons, partly because it works with the business side of my business and hospitality hub. The co-working concept appears to be working all over the world, on a global scale.
Seating and Spaces – Wework uses different seating arrangements within different spaces all over their Wework “office” and additionally, there are different designs and layouts for seating throughout their chain, each Wework “office” seems to be slightly different. When designing my space, I would like to consider different seating arrangements and types – from formal seating, to hot desk type seating, to comfortable relaxed seating for more relaxed work, to pure relaxation seating. It will give people the choice of how they would like to sit when they work and how they would like to sit when they are not working – this applies to the business element and the hospitality element to my design.
Lighting – Wework uses a lot of natural light through having large open spaces and smaller spaces which have been divided by glass to let the natural light through. For my design, in some of the areas, I would like to maximise the use of natural and artificial light – this will apply within the work spaces, a restaurant and possibly some of the leisure areas within my design.
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