Cowork and play: New offices for the new generation

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The traditional cubicles are becoming obsolete and physical office spaces are warping into coworking environments, such as Warehouse Eight, where young adults can collaborate more openly. Photo from WAREHOUSE EIGHT

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The new generation likes to collaborate, so they say. As more millennials value passion over competition and the balance of work and play, leadership and teamwork take on a new paradigm. Traditional secluded office cubicles are becoming obsolete and walls are being broken in favor of a friendlier and more collaborative atmosphere in the workplace.

This is the vision of coworking offices. Spaces adjust to accommodate brainstorming sessions and modern ways of working (which sometimes require little to no physical office space at all), as well as cultivate a healthy environment for the free flow of ideas.

Here are six coworking spaces dedicated to the lifestyle of the young working adult of today.

Arch Offices

Arch is an endeavor to bridge Manila and Seattle office environments together, established by husband-and-wife managing team Jamie and Carmen del Rosario Booth. Red brick walls line the office’s six private rooms, lounge, and meeting hall, which stand on the entire 20th hardwood floor of Citibank Tower. Fully equipped with workstations, Arch offers a virtual office environment as well as outsourcing and staff leasing services, through which recruitment, HR, and payroll support needs can be managed. The office fosters a sense of community by holding after-work socials in its exclusive-access open balcony.

Arch Offices is located on the 20th floor of Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo De Roxas Ave., Makati City. Book a tour of the office to find out about their prices.

Arch Offices common room.jpg Arch's common room doubles as a picturesque lounge, with modern table and chair sets, and a Flying Pigeon bicycle resting by the wall. It leads to an open balcony that overlooks the Ayala Triangle and the rest of the Makati Central Business District. Photo by SONNY THAKUR


Warehouse Eight

A young coworking space fit for the productive youth, Warehouse Eight encourages working comfortably and creatively. Bean bags, pillows, and carpets litter the floor, along with four-seater round tables and six-square-meter cubicles that can fit up to four people, as a means of promoting the balance between productivity and a social lifestyle. The space has a meeting room, called “The Grass Room,” floored with fake greenery and where shoes are not allowed, only socks and cushions. Warehouse Eight holds workshops and events as well as an Artist’s Residency platform where artists can place their works on the shelves and put them up for sale.

Warehouse Eight is located in La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.

warehouse8.jpg Warehouse Eight has co-working seats and cubicles that can fit up to four people each, as a means of promoting the balance between productivity and a social lifestyle. Photo from WAREHOUSE EIGHT



Co.lab is home to a growing network of entrepreneurs and business freelancers all coming together for workshops, meetups, and mixers. One of the first coworking spaces to ever open in Manila, Co.lab promotes the flourishing of local businesses and startups, for which they provide tools, knowledge, and other networking opportunities. Co.lab regularly hosts its own events, but also welcomes event proposals (usually involving teamwork and business strategies) from its community.

Co.lab is located in Unit 301 on the 3rd floor of #3 Brixton Street, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Call (632) 661-7616 or contact them on their website for details.

co.lab.jpg Co.lab fosters a community that upholds the values of entrepreneurship, creativity, and integrity. Photo from CO.LAB

Racket Room Collective

Racket Room Collective is a space for creative and business-minded individuals who are more inclined to a homey work setting. Several rooms as well as a cafe occupy the spacious office yet the atmosphere is intimate, with bookshelves between tables (they even have a bookworm couch surrounded by a wave of books), inspirational wall graffiti, and brightly-colored swiveling chairs and cushions. Racket Room Collective encourages a balance between business and creativity through its creative workshops (such as watercolor workshops) and conferences about startups.

Racket Room Collective is located in Unit 3G in Symphony Tower 1, Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City. Check their prices and contact them on their website.

racketroomcollective1.jpg Racket Room Collective has a bookworm area with an extensive collection of books. Photo from RACKET ROOM COLLECTIVE/FACEBOOK


Beach Hub

For freelancers who fancy working beside the beach, Beach Hub is the perfect place to be. The lush ocean view is a testament to the no-stress environment and comfort of the open-air lounge, and complete with mats and bean bags, is an enabler of creative flow. Brainstorming and making ideas are easier when relaxed, and should one feel the itch to snooze, a nice surf during lunch break can awaken the senses. Aside from wifi and good coffee, Beach Hub offers daily yoga sessions, along with a healthy office diet of ridge-to-reef organic vegetables, rice, honey, granola, and pastries.

Beach Hub is located on top of El Union Coffee, National Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

beachhub.jpg Beach Hub offers both an air conditioned meeting room and an open-air coworking space, furnished with mats and books for browsing. Photo by SAMANTHA LEE


Calle Uno

Calle Uno is a humble, cozy space that offers services for private offices and hot desking (a practice where employees aren’t assigned permanent stations so you can move around the office). Calle Uno accepts anyone who comes to its doorstep, looking for a table and chair to work on, even for a short period of time. The day pass is relatively cheap, which starts at P350 per day. Calle Uno is open 24 hours everyday — guests and even tourists can walk in anytime.

Calle Uno is located in Calle Uno Building, 3 Josefa Llanes Escoda (First Road) cor. Naguilian Road, Quezon Hill, Baguio City. Contact them at 09175017787 or check their website for further details.

calleuno.jpg Calle Uno offers relatively cheap day pass and hot desking rates. It is also open 24 hours everyday. Photo from CALLE UNO/FACEBOOK