We started our second day going back to the Business neighborhood of Maslak to meet Berk, the founder of Workhaus.
Opened over a year ago, it’s a beautiful, bright and clear environment that you can discover via the Facebook live we did right here.
Mixing coworking with wider community event
When we came inside the place, a Christmas market was going on which was organized by Berk and his team for their members and the neighborhood. They selected famous Istanbul shops from the city center and invited them to have a booth for the day where they could sell their products to people who don’t have the time to drive all the way to the city center where their shops are located. We arrived early in the morning and the place was already packed! People were chatting, having a coffee and buying Christmas presents from the local artists. We were glad Berk could take some of his precious time to tour with us.
He took us around the coworking space, which is split over two floors, the ground floor which welcomes the cafe, the coworking area, a series of meeting rooms and an event space. On the second floor, the coworking continues and is completed with closed offices for teams who need more privacy. The interior design is beautiful, using white, blue and dark gray all around the place.
A hybrid coworking space for a diverse community
We were also able to chat with Berk about the community at Workhaus. We understood how diverse it is, from freelancers to small businesses. Even corporates who “escape” from their office nearby to find an inspiring environment where they can meet people. Berk was telling us how some of his members came to rent a single desk in the coworking area downstairs and scaled to move upstairs in a closed office where they could hire more people. Workhaus also offers virtual offices to cater to the needs of Entrepreneurs who are not necessarily in Istanbul but need a physical address there.
After the tour, we were able to stay a bit there before heading to our next meeting. We chatted with people around us who came for the occasion and realized how much of social spaces coworking places are. It is always very interesting for us to be part of special community events. In one place there was a Christmas market on the ground floor and upstairs coworkers did their work, coming downstairs for a casual networking.
We ended our meeting with an early morning selfie in the middle or the Christmas market 🙂 Don’t forget to check out Workhaus website to know more about what they offer. And do pay them a visit if you pass by Istanbul:)
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