This summer we made an adventurous trip to India. Even on a holiday, we always find time to explore the local design field and co-working options. Luckily, our friends and partners guided us to the co-working treasures of India. Here is a couple of examples of various workspaces in Pune and Mumbai.
The Ministry of New, Mumbai
It is a challenge to find an inspiring work environment from the most populous city of India, Mumbai. That’s what Marlies Bloemendaal discovered seven years ago when she moved from Netherlands to India. With her co-founder, Natascha Chadha, she renovated an old factory building in Lalbaug and launched the first Ministry of New in 2013.
Ministry of New turned out so successful that the team soon started looking for a bigger place to expand the coworking. The space was found in the very city center of Mumbai and opened a year ago to the public. Now a 2200 square feet workspace includes an open area with hot desks, team rooms (for up to 8 people), a café, a library, boardrooms, and a diversity of casual work environments. Price for members is 19 500 rupees per month (around 260€).
Kitab Mahal 3rd floor
192 Dadabhai Naoroji road
Azad Maidan, Fort
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Phone: +91 22 66356505
Pune is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra, India. With a help of our partners, we got to meet the founder and manager of CoLab, Chaitanya Adgaonkar. CoLab was founded in 2015 and is located in the city center of Pune.
CoLab is the right place to experience an Indian style coworking. This workspace offers a 24-hours access and has a coffee and tea service, printing, copying and scanning possibilities and a fast Internet connection. Unfortunately, electricity is often down, which is why it is a challenge to keep the Internet constantly working. Pricing for a table depends on your ability to tolerate heat – without AC the spot will be cheaper.
In an Indian office, privacy is still requested, which is why the main spatial investment in CoLab were new partitions. Instead of phone booths CoLab has a narrow, but long balcony with a row of chairs and coffee tables. Fun details are, for example, guiding plaques, on top of the doors, with the names of famous laboratories.
Opp. Vijaya Bank, Shirole Road, Pune- 411004
Email : email@example.com