BUILDING & ENGINEERING | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Playground.work strikes a balance between work and play

It has office spaces in Sheung Wan and Causeway Bay.

Playground.work (stylised “playground.work”) is a coworking space in Hong Kong that provides a “lifestyle coworking community” to its members.

With spaces in Sheung Wan and Causeway Bay, playground.work’s goal is to create a “happy working” culture, which it calls as “Work Life 3.0.”

“Work Life 3.0 means that in the new working generation, there is trust between employers and employees so that everyone can work and enjoy life at their own pace anytime, anywhere,” says Winnie Chung, CMO of playground.work.

“playground.work is dedicated to provide the hardwares and softwares to satisfy the needs of the new generation and facilitate the delivery of ‘Work is Fun.’”

Chung says membership for playground.work’s Sheung Wan centre is open to all. It has 8 private offices, about 30 hot desks, as well as high-tech meeting and conference facilities. There are plans to add 2 more private offices in 1Q2017. Meanwhile, the centre in Causeway Bay houses around 20 hot desks and membership is by invitation only.

Playground.work’s coworking space in Sheung Wan is composed of different activity based zones: dedicated private offices, hot desks, meeting rooms, casual meeting areas, phone booths and various meeting/office equipment for work, plus a cafe with onsite barista, a bouldering wall, table soccer, game arcade and even a shower for pleasure and leisure.

“Our cafe@playground.work is an all-time favourite for members,” says Chung. “With the onsite barista, the cafe is capable of offering a range of handcrafted coffee. We also offer snacks and a selection of beverages to accommodate different tastes.”

Another highlight, says Chung, is the colourful bouldering wall that stands right at the forefront of their hot desk open area. Trained boulders can show off their skills on the wall anytime while at the same time bouldering classes will be arranged for both members and non-members to experience this fun-filled activity.

The spacious open area can also be converted into a versatile event space that is suitable for a wide range of private or business events such as workshops, training classes, seminars, concerts, business conferences and press conferences, among others. “Our members are always invited to join the fun of the events taking place in playground.work,” says Chung.

The biggest obstacle in developing the spaces was the time involved in sourcing the right equipment, furniture and people that best fit playground.work’s intended vibes, ambience and quality service delivery, says Chung.

Chung says that playground.work is currently running a promotion where existing members of coworking spaces and business centres can enjoy up to HK$20,000 spending credits upon successful membership enrollment.

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Playground.work strikes a balance between work and play

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