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Urban Station

Turkey

You’re well aware of The Randomer’s penchant for cool, laid back co-working spaces. Only a few months ago we mentioned Make Business Hub in Dubai and Pont de contatao in Brazil. Co-working spaces are spreading like quick fire in response to peoples’ desire for a better work-life balance. A trend made possible with the emergence of new online technology.

The Urban Station co-working franchise has recently opened office in Istanbul. It provides a striking yet comforting wifi/working environment for freelancers and entrepreneurs living in or visiting Istanbul. At Urban Station, ‘co-workers’ simply ‘plug and play’ and can choose to work alone or in groups, thereby making use of the available meeting rooms. Free tea, coffee and cookies are thrown into the mix, and as an added bonus, all stationery needs are covered – the days of swearing at your printer because the ink cartridge is empty are over…

In Istanbul, Urban Station has another spot in the more ‘corporate’ area of Maslak, as well as in the more bohemian area of Galata. At Urban Station, more often than not you’ll end up working beside a photographer or a fashion designer for the day, or you’ll start chatting to an architect who is renovating a 70-year-old building during a coffee break.

Another positive about Urban Station is its international and social network of co-working spaces. ‘Co-workers’ can simply walk into any Urban Station in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Bogota and gain instant access to an office space.

Co-working spaces could eventually mean the demise of the default and now defunct corporate office space as we know it, at least that’s what we hope. Thanks to places like Urban Station, ideas can be generated and executed from anywhere, it’s now just a question of following your dreams and enjoying what you do – a different matter altogether…

Images: courtesy of Urban Station