The ideal co-working space offers more than just a desk. The best ones offer synergy between companies holding offices and the community that hosts them. Encouraging creativity, stimulating collaborations, exploring new ideas and nurturing talent. Then add a couple of hundred teenagers. It’s the unique combination of Amsterdam’s newest co-working space, located in secondary school IJburg College.
‘Boost the area’
“It looked a bit sad”, says school director Jolanda Hogewind of the cafeteria connected to the gym at her IJburg College, in the eastern part of Amsterdam. As it was no longer in use, Hogewind decided to find a new purpose for it. After some consideration, she got the nod from the municipality to turn it into something new. “They didn’t want it to have an inward focus”, says Hogewind. “It needs to give the area of IJburg a boost.”