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Workbar Boston

July 16, 2010

We chose Workbar Boston for this week’s Office Profile for one main reason: exposed brick. We are big, BIG fans of exposed brick in offices and other buildings because you don’t see it that often. The industrial feel of the the walls mixed in with modern furniture and brightly painted walls make this office a great spot to co-work at.

Describe your office space to us

WorkBar has a lot of open workspace, with very few barriers to communication by way of dividers.  Our desks, both open coworking desks and dedicated seats are situated next to each other without walls or dividers between them.  This sense of “openness” is important to us because it conveys the passion we have for the cross pollination of ideas and collaboration of coworking itself.  Our space originally had two closed meeting rooms, however, we carved out the wall in one of them in order to open it up to the rest of the space.  The way the air in our office flows speaks to how we want our members to act.  We want our members to feel comfortable around each other so we make communication as easy and as natural as we can – because, at the end of the day, interaction is the biggest benefit of being in a coworking space.  Our members join WorkBar not only for the workspace but for the ability to work among other professionals from various industries and interact with them.

Where did the inspiration for your office space design come from?

We were very lucky with our space because aside from the wall that we cut out in the lounge, everything else was already here when we moved in.  Our office has a very distinct “vibe,” partially due to the visual aesthetics of the office and additionally from the energy from our members and staff.  The walls at WorkBar vary between a warm orange and lime green color as well as both exposed brick and rock which give our space a funky, bohemian feel.  Another design choice, unique to our office, is the local artwork displayed on the walls.  The WorkBar Gallery rotates every few months and adds a lot of character to the space.

What is your favorite part/design of your office space and why? i.e. the arched window in the front office, etc.

The cafe/lounge area is great and very versatile.  It’s much different than a traditional workspace.  The cafe area has a couch section, cafe tables and a large multi table and is a great compliment to the rest of the space where there’s a more traditional “desk” feel.

Do you feel that having a well designed and inspiring office has changed the way “co-workers” feel about the workplace?

Design is very important in conveying the “feel” of the space to both current and potential members, however, that feeling won’t come across if the energy of the people inside the space does not support it.  People and space go hand in hand and while design can help reflect the type of coworking space you want, it’s what’s on the inside (people) that matters more than what’s on the outside (design).

Tell us about WorkBar Boston and what it means to you to have a well-designed office space.

WorkBar is a coworking space located in downtown Boston right across from one of the main train station in the city.  Our goal from the beginning has been to provide a comfortable, affordable, professional and flexible office space for people working in industries across the board.  We love the idea of collaboration, communication and social interaction and the ecosystem that is created when you combine different people with different ideas and work styles.  The main focus of our current space and moving forward into an expansion phase, in terms of design, is to have as much open space as possible while providing areas that cater to operational needs such as client meetings and phone calls.

BTW, If you have a stylish, modern or innovative office  you want to feature on TheOfficeStylist, or you need help transforming your space, please email us at hi@theofficestylist.com. Located in LA? We’d love to stop by and take photos of your space and profile your business. Love this Office Profile? Take a look at the other Office Profiles we have on TheOfficeStylist.

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2 thoughts on “Workbar Boston

  1. This week’s office profile, Workbar Boston: http://theofficestylist.com/workbar-bost… I just love all that exposed brick!

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