Check out this swanky co-working space in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district.
Upon entering the BLOOM co-working space on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, one notices a refreshingly open floor plan free from the usual trappings of a traditional office. There is no reception or meeting rooms in the busy hub for creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers. The BLOOM team makes an effort to do away with stuffy formality so its workspace is more conducive to creative collaboration and community building.
“The first thing you’ll see when you walk into BLOOM is that you won’t be stopped by a reception desk,” said Chapman Leung, co-founder of BLOOM coworking space.
He said BLOOM is attached to Jumpstart Business Centre’s existing location, which enables the coworking space to bend the rules of a corporate office setup.
The result is a coworking space that is closer to a café or a restaurant, complete with a logo that fits the vibe of a coffee chain than a corporation.
“We think open-plan working style combined with nice décor can help both creativity and productivity. BLOOM features different areas so members can move around during the day,” said Leung.
The BLOOM coworking space operates by an open-plan arrangement where the diverse clientele shares not only a set of tables and chairs, but also an events calendar.
"BLOOM is not just a space. It is also a community," said Leung. "We have social events every week to let our members know each other as well as having a bit of fun while working."
BLOOM also hosts at least one business event per month to help startups and other businesses gain insights and connect with investors.
Recounting the time when the space was being constructed, Leung said quick completion was one of his team’s biggest challenges given the high rents in Hong Kong. He said the project team put in a lot of overtime at night and on weekends so it could be finished quickly, and he was grateful that they responded well to the pressure of making sudden changes to the design plan.
Aside from being pleased by how the coworking space turned out, the co-founder also liked the convenient location of BLOOM’s office address that makes stepping outside a treat for members.
“BLOOM is located on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. The single strip of road that pretty much defines business, retail, and dining for the Kowloon side. The building, Silvercord, has directly connected to Harbour City via a covered footbridge,” said Leung. “So you can image how convenient it is to dine, shop and work.”
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