The Sydney Startup Hub (SSH) will be the first of its kind in Australia, and the largest startup hub in the Southern Hemisphere when it officially opens.
Jobs for NSW will invest $35 million in the Hub over 5 years. With more than 17,000 square metres of space, it will accommodate 2,500 people over 11 floors.
The levels are in various stages of construction, but the first tenant which will occupy level 7 and 8, Tank Stream Labs, moved in this week and is open for business. Tank Stream Labs will house predominantly tech startups which are past the ideation stage and close to launching.
Tank Stream Labs will also keep their existing Bridge St premises. Bridge St members will have access to both, but the SSH members will have access to the new office opposite Wynyard station only.
Let’s take a look inside the new offices.
The entrance is through the Wynyard Green building opposite Wynyard Park.
Head up to level 8 and through the frosted glass door
…through the hallway, which has strong art-deco vibes and original tiles
And welcome to reception. There’s a comfy waiting area off to the left.
To the right is the boardroom. Let’s take a look inside.
There’s seating for 18.
Let’s head back into the office. There are lots of coloured partitions that can be slid across.
There are 125 seats available. A few people have claimed their desks already. CEO Bradley Delamere envisages that the space will be full by the end of the year, although applications are still open.
The large open-plan office space was originally divided into small rooms. You can see the evidence of this by the doors in the middle of the walls that open out straight on to the hallway.
There are lots of breakout areas to have casual discussions. Like this one
… and this one
And this one.
There are bigger meeting spaces like this mini-auditorium
And this mid-size meeting room, with panels that can be slid across for more privacy.
As for seating, there are normal desks and stand-up desks.
These guys have claimed their own section.
Let’s head into the kitchen. It’s bright and airy, with lots of seating options if you want to settle in for lunch
… or just want to perch at the counter for a snack.
There are also bookable meeting rooms in the kitchen that are perfect for a lunchtime meeting.
There’s a pool table and a bar with Sydney brewery Young Henry’s beer and cider on tap.
And the bathrooms have luxury touches, like a folding magnified mirror on the left wall, extra shelving to hold a phone or a makeup bag, and luxury handwash.
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