No doubt about it the traditional office workspace has changed almost beyond recognition in the last 50 years… and what a blessed relief.
Co-working, and creative collaborative workspaces have really come into their own over the last few years, with more and more freelancers, entrepreneurs, and self-starters finding these a progressive alternative to the stuffy and (lets face it) rather depressing offering of the modern office block.
If you are the sort who enjoys this particular brand of office space, then there are certainly many options available to you, and with varying levels of collaboration and interdependence well represented, the workspace is more suited to individual needs than ever before.
Ziferblat is a unique breed of co-working spaces. They were originally established (as you may have tweaked ) in Eastern Europe but have since spread across Europe towards the UK where they now have a presence in London’s Shoreditch, Manchester’s Northern Quarter, and in the Albert Dock’s area of Liverpool.
What's innovative about them, is that , everything within the co-working spaces is free, accept for the time that you spend there. You can work, make art, drink coffee, play the piano, attend events, get creative… basically do whatever you want, and only have to pay for your time. Not coffee, not cake, not biscuits, and scones…. just time.
Guests or ‘micro-tenants’ as they are referred to pay just a few pence per minute to be in the spaces and this small amount of money serves to maintain the organisation, which operates as a social enterprise rather than a traditional business model.
“Each Ziferblat guest becomes a micro-tenant of the space, responsible for it and able to influence its life. You will be welcomed by the Ziferblat community and able to work with them to help create, support, and develop this project. Everything is free inside except the time you spend there; and by paying for the time, you’ll be making a donation towards the further development of this social experiment”
What’s more, aesthetically and culturally Ziferblat is quite unique amongst any of the co-working spaces we have ever come across. The gallery below illustrates this better than words ever could.