Before moving on to some Lisbon adventures, we visited one last coworking space in Madrid well-known for pioneering collaboration at work. We were glad to meet Francisco, one of the co-founder of Freeland for a walk through the space.
Freeland is located near Atocha station, in a lively street and neighborhood.
Designed with taste and ingenuity
When Francisco and his co-founder decided to open a coworking space, their main objective was to offer to professionals from the neighborhood a new and more collaborative way of doing work, using interior design as a center piece for connections.
As soon as we came in, we could totally feel the architect background of Francisco. Every little detail inside has been thought through and the overall atmosphere is very harmonious. The space is divided in few zones, allowing members to find their own spot inside.
The basement offers tailor-made (and very spacious) desks as well as a meeting room and a communal area for members to mingle. The ground floor has a variety of desks named “Green Cabin”. Those individual seats allow members to have a bit more privacy while enjoying the coworking environment. There is also a flex desks area for members who do not come on a regular basis which also serves as the communal / event room. It is the heart of the space, where the community meets for a coffee or to share lunch. .
On the first floor there is another fix desks area similar to the basement. The overall building is very bright and has a lot of natural light. Francisco used specific lighting for the basement to recreate natural daylight. If you walk around the space, you will find art pieces embellishing the overall interior design.
One of the core element of Freeland is to empower their members and support them in doing the work they love.
Supporting Entrepreneurs since 2009
Since its creation in 2009, Freeland has helped more than 200 members in their professional journey. The space act as a catalyst, bringing people together via community events and via the interior design who allows member to change easily their work environment during the day. Wether you need to focus or mingle, there is a room foreach at Freeland!
Seeing Freeland and understanding the vision of Francisco was extremely valuable to us. With almost 10 years of existence, Francisco has gathered a lot of knowledge on how to build a coworking space and create a sense of togetherness in it. His space has been selected by the US Embassy in Madrid to represent Spain in the International Visitors Leadership Program. During few days, he toured around coworking spaces and collaborative workplaces in various cities to learn from them and share his expertise. Impressive right?
The selfie automat with… Francisco!
Our time at Freeland came to an end and we had to go take our night bus to Lisbon. We could not leave without clicking our last Madrid selfie 🙂
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