FLEXIBLE OFFICES TYPES: DEFINITIONS.
Providing diverse space solutions and renting options, co-working spaces, serviced offices and makerspaces are considered as flexible office spaces against the traditional office format. Following is how we define them based on our research findings and understanding.
Coworking Spaces. They provide office space typically in very good locations. Renting a desk, a small office or an entire floor at short and variable conditions. Public spaces like a lounge, seating areas, and coffee area are open and available to all members. The atmosphere is that of a community, sharing and communication spaces are the highlights. All-you-can-do app and cloud technologies provide easy tools to support working and networking activities.
Serviced Offices. Or business centers, they are actually the first attempt to provide more flexible options compared to traditional office spaces. Also situated in very good locations, especially CBD areas, while recently they are broadening their offer with hot desk options in open space, they generally provide small furnished offices and related business services such as reception, IT, cleaning etc. However, compared to co-working spaces, they remain more business oriented, both for the offer and as the atmosphere.
Makerspaces. As part of the innovation chain to promote mass entrepreneurship, the makerspace is the upgraded model of incubators and accelerators, with fewer criteria to comply for start-ups moving in (1). There are six types of makerspaces:
“Corporation Platform”- in order to absorb new ideas and customers,
“Angel+Incubator” – angel investment fund for start-ups,
“Open Space” – entrepreneurial ecosystem building,
“Media-based” – help to attract customers in a short period of time,
“Real Estate-based” – fewer services compared to other types, still developing,
“Vertical Industrial” – targeting towards one particular industry, often organized by government or official organizations.
The atmosphere of the makerspaces varies with the type or the single case.