- WeWork’s launch of two additional collaborative spaces in Mumbai and Bengaluru set to revitalise the local community
- WeWork Vikhroli welcomes 1,300 members while WeWork Hebbal ushers in 890+ members
- Growth trajectory of WeWork in India signifies increasing demand and shifts towards the future of work
India, 15 May 2018: WeWork—the platform for creators that provides the space, community and services to help people make a life, not just a living— is celebrating its growth trajectory by launching WeWork Hebbal in Bengaluru and WeWork Vikhroli in Mumbai. Within just 9 months of launching in India with these additional two spaces, WeWork’s presence now expands to 8 locations in India.
WeWork Vikhroli, located in Mumbai suburbs, home to established and growing businesses, will be testament to being a prime location in the area. Spread across the top 3 floors of a 14 storey building of 247 Business Park in the western suburb, WeWork Vikhroli accommodates a total of 1,300+ members.
Adding WeWork’s signature elements from its nooks, phone booths, airy common spaces and a game zone featuring community bars all designed for greater collaboration amongst members, the space also features two lounges flanking both sides of the elevator lobby to function as the main community floor along with a private terrace on the 12th floor. With the main centerpiece being the two large terraces located on the 13th floor which are on either sides of the main member floor, each terrace was designed with a specific function in mind – one to cater large events which has been outfitted with an outdoor projection screen alongside BBQ pits, and the other dedicated to a Wellness zone for outdoor fitness events.
Symbolizing as the garden and oasis above Mumbai’s “concrete jungle” for the members, WeWork Vikhroli West’s core will have plenty of natural light through lofty ceilings with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that are balanced out by integrating materials such as terrazzo, concrete, and oak paired with striking colours.
On the other hand, with 890+ desks spread over three floors of a glass façade building, WeWork Hebbal is in one of Bengaluru’s most easily accessible and promising hubs. Positioned right off the highway, WeWork Hebbal is situated next to the Kodigehalli Bus Stop, Bellary Road and being a short drive from Bengaluru International Airport makes it a perfect destination for working travellers. Maximizing the amount of light flooding into the spaces, the design focuses on keeping the materials simple and minimal, while using artwork and furniture pieces to provide pops of color throughout. With the focal point of WeWork Hebbal, the terracotta brick stairway connecting all three floors, the bricks are arranged such that light seeping through the glazing will add warmth to the space. As part of the finishing touch, the shadows created by the bricks’ arrangement will reflect beautiful patterns across the space.
“The evolution from a traditional office environment to a collaborative workspace has grown exponentially in India over the last few years. Today, WeWork India is flourishing with more than 50% of our members being large enterprise companies that resonate with our offerings of community and collaboration,” said Karan Virwani, CWeo (Chief WeWork Executive Officer) at WeWork India. “By redefining success measured by personal fulfilment, the launch of these two new vibrant communities in Mumbai and Bangalore will accelerate the new way of work and life for Indian entrepreneurs, start-ups and established enterprises led by WeWork.” Today, WeWork is a thriving global community comprising of start-ups, freelancers and large enterprises. By taking care of the aesthetics and functional basics, such as wi-fi, printing, cleaning services, WeWork’s offerings extends beyond spaces to Honesty Markets (paid F&B section), Nooks (casual meeting spaces), Phone Booths (private calling stations), Wellness & Quiet Rooms, beer on tap and a pet friendly space.
With WeWork’s community in India home to global enterprises — such as Microsoft, Jaguar Land Rover, GoDaddy among others — as well as SMEs — such as Miller & Camron, Megshala (NGO), AA Hospitality and Get Gorgeous, the launch of two new facilities will provide space for 10,000+ members in India.
WeWork is a platform for creators, providing more than 248,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. Its mission is to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. WeWork currently has 253 physical locations in 74 cities and 22 countries around the world.
Founded in 2010 by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in New York, the company now employs more than 5,000 globally. WeWork seeks ‘creators’ from all industries and companies big and small to become members, with a suite of WeWork-specific membership benefits in each country and a local staff in each city.
More than 40,000 companies and over 248,000 members are now based at a WeWork, with member companies ranging from start-ups to household names including Dell, KPMG, GE, Microsoft, and Samsung. More than 70% of WeWork’s members collaborate with each other and its international locations serve as convenient bases for business travel, enabling a great degree of work flexibility for both multinationals and small-to-medium-sized businesses alike, as well as options for easy expansion into new markets.