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Two designs Work.Life’s new coworking space in Manchester

Two has partnered with long-time collaborators Work.Life to deliver a vibrant and community-led coworking offering.

13/01/2021 2 min read

Work.Life is a real game changer in the co-working world. Right from the start, the founders’ mission was to create inspiring and community-led spaces that people love working in – and much more. With wellness events, beer and pizza nights, workshops, and talks from business leaders and entrepreneurs, users can network, collaborate and learn within the brand’s various locations.

Design and build experts Two has already helped Work.Life to build a number of coworking spaces across London, including Camden, Fitzrovia and Soho, and were recently tasked with creating a new space in Manchester. From the off, the vision for the new space was clear: to create a modern, collaborative space that reflected the rich history of the city.

With this remit in mind, Two’s designers did a deep dive into the city’s history for inspiration. One thing that stood out to them immediately was the ‘worker bee’ symbol which has been the emblem of the city for over 150 years. Inspired by the bee – which is symbolic of the Mancunians’ work ethic and the city as a hive of activity – the team integrated it into the design, using the logo and bee-hive hexagons throughout the space.

Manchester’s industrial history also gave Two’s designers plenty of inspiration. Not only do the raw materials give the space a modern-industrial edge, they were sourced from old buildings from around the city (this was also a great way to stay on budget!)

In keeping with the other Work.Life spaces, Two introduced quotes from famous individuals associated with the area: Jane Eyre’s ‘I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will’ sits alongside quotes from Manchester-based business leaders.

To entice coworkers to the space, Two introduced shared work zones for creative collaboration, little nooks for independent freelancers and comfy chill-out spots. Combined with the quotes and Manchester themed-elements, modern wall art, and biophilia, the space is as practical as it is visually motivating.

‘As a brand born in London, we were excited but apprehensive about expanding into Manchester. However, we are massively proud of how successful the space has been with the city’s freelancers and businesses,’ says David Kosky, co-founder of Work.Life

‘For something that was unheard of three years ago, co-working spaces are now a huge part of the Manchester work scene. We’re very proud that businesses are choosing our purposefully smaller, brighter spaces centred on community and team engagement, which is demonstrated through the range of services we offer our members to help them retain and attract top talent.’

Work.Life’s new coworking space has already proved to be a popular and valuable addition to the booming Manchester area. And given the demand for co-working space it looks like it will continue to be a hive of activity for many years to come.

Find out more about Two and their latest projects here

Photography: Thierry Cardineau Photography

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