WORKING in the capital can have its downsides, especially if it means having to always be tied down to a desk. As much as we all adore our colleagues and respect our bosses (come on, you know you do), being flexible with where you work can have positive side effects.
With the rise of co-working spaces allowing people to work in an environment that’s better for your health, as well as being flexible, isn’t it time that we all took a look at the great co-working trend and adapted that to working from home, too?
One developer is taking inspiration from the global success of co-working spaces and is creating a concept called ‘co-living’, primed to offer housing for those struggling to get on the property ladder.
Mason & Fifth, co-founded by Ben Prevezer and David Silver, is set to launch its first residential construction in September. The Italian Building — nestled between London Bridge and Bermondsey tube stations — is an 8,000sq ft, four-storey property, which will be converted into a unique residential scheme made up of 28 studio apartments with 1,300sq ft of shared, communal space for the residents.
Underpinned by wellness as the key theme, the homes are being designed to look after the residents and decorated with sustainability at the heart of every detail.
The studios (above) include a luxury Hypnos mattress, waterfall shower room and WC, flatscreen TVs, studio-wear and storage. Each one features a kitchenette — with all appliances included — alongside a small dining area, which itself is dressed with plants and art work commissioned from independent, international artists.
The communal spaces within the building are being designed with a focus on comfort and versatility. Meanwhile, residents have the option to use additional services such as an in-house chef offering a buffet breakfast, family dinners and packed lunches — all the better to keep that diet nicely balanced.
At the centre of the offering is a wellness pavilion for yoga, Pilates and meditation, in addition to a daily running club and host of bespoke resident experiences. Now that’s a space that will make working from home feel more enticing and creative.
Mason & Fifth believe that homes should be sanctuaries: places where the residents can reset in their downtime, enabling them to thrive in all areas of their lives.
‘Our entire offering is underpinned by wellbeing, where we are creating a genuine blueprint for a more healthy, sustainable and fulfilling way of life for our members,’ says Ben.
‘We believe the home is where wellbeing begins. One’s home should be a sanctuary from busy urban living — and the springboard to thriving in everyday life.’
If the cool co-living space wasn’t enough on its own, residents also get a laundry service, curated weekly events and weekly housekeeping.
If that can’t get your work life balance in order, nothing will.
And if the idea of getting a little balance back in your lifestyle appeals to you, see below for other new developments in and around London that may help you weigh up your yin and yang…
■ Launching September 20, from £1,650pcm, The Italian Building, Bermondsey SE1, mason-fifth.com
14-15 Stable Street, N1C 4AB
Designed by Wilkinson Eyre, the 145 apartments and penthouses at Gasholders have been built within a refurbished triplet of Grade II-listed, cast-iron gasholder guide frames located beside Regent’s Canal for perfect industrial chic. The business lounge is a flexibly designed working, studying and conference area that combines private and communal spaces. Tasteful interiors give it the air of an international club lounge, with newspapers, printers and meeting rooms. From £825,000, gasholderslondon.co.uk
Hornsey Town Hall
Broadway, Crouch End, N8 9JJ
This iconic Grade II-listed former civic headquarters in the heart of Crouch End is going through a huge restoration to provide 135 new homes, a new arts centre run by Time + Space Co with a great cafe and of course a co-working space enabling you to get out of bed and get seated to work right below where you live — convenient right? The development will have a lovely square with a fountain, perfect to take a break from work (just don’t tell your colleagues). From £489,950 for a studio, hornsey-townhall.co.uk
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Even the fanciest London homes offer spaces to get some work done without having to drag the laptop via the Tube system. The 5.25-acre Shell Centre development by Goddard Littlefair and GRID Architects includes a dedicated residents’ lounge leading to a lavish outdoor terrace where you can sip a non-fat-medium-no-foam-latte and take a couple of business meetings, all included in the modest price tag of course (although, sadly, the latte costs extra). From £2.145million, southbank-place.com
The Village Centre, Finberry
Ashford, TN25 7FR
With increases in start-ups and flexible working, working from home is ever more popular. Set in a new village surrounded by calming countryside, this development offers live/work homes in a townhouse style, giving those who run (or plan to run) small businesses the opportunity to do so right from their own home. Designed to combine open-plan living space on the first and second floors with a purpose-built workspace on the ground floor, these homes offer the best of both worlds. From £335,000, crestnicholson.com