At The Wing, the coworking space designed for women, which will count at least 13 locations by year-end, members are offered showers, a roof deck, a beauty room, and even a recently-launched babysitting space called Little Wing that provides open play and story time for children and support groups for mothers.
While these might seem extravagant for an office, they’re actually right in line with the sort of luxury amenities tenants can now expect from coworking spaces.
Ryan Simonetti, Convene’s co-founder and CEO, views the growth of coworking amenities as an offshoot of changes taking place throughout the modern office environment.
IWG, which operates the coworking brands Regus, Spaces, and HQ, just had its U.S. premiere of its high-end brand, No18, in Atlanta.
“Back in time, ‘amenities’ were a boardroom that customers could use, or a receptionist meeting and greeting guests,” said Michael Berretta, vice president of network development at IWG. “Now, we’re putting full-service baristas and coffee shops in our Spaces locations, and many of our locations have roof decks or outdoor patios. It’s the natural evolution of a competitive industry.”
Owners of coworking spaces are increasingly offering the sort of extras designed to make the workplace, however temporary, feel like a place worthy of lingering.
The Yard, with 11 locations in New York City, goes far beyond offering just event spaces and roof decks – although they have those at certain locations – to include art galleries, gyms, a wellness program including meditation and yoga, and on-site health care.