York Butter Factory, Melbourne’s incredibly popular co-working space founded by Stuart B. Richardson, has just opened a new office in Sydney’s Australian Technology Park in Redfern in partnership with Mirvac.
The new office called Hoist, will host both startups and corporates, and operate on a similar pricing structure to York Butter Factory in Melbourne.
We got a first look at the brand-new offices, where some people have already started to move in, and talked to Richardson about the design and functionality of the new digs.
Take a look inside.
Here it is! Just a short walk from Redfern station, the space is located in the Locomotive Workshop building in the Australian Technology Park. The site, previously the Eveleigh Railway Workshops, is a mix of old industrial fixings and new technologies
“The Australian Technology Park is a fantastic location because of its size, proximity, location, and is designed to be the home for disruptive and fast growth companies. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to be close to big data and biosciences companies like Data 61, and the University of Sydney. We also won’t have to pay CBD rents, which flows through to startups and scaleups who need to focus less on fees and more on growth and hiring,” says Richardson.
Activity in the Technology Park is also ramping up with a few craft breweries already operating. Brand-new food and beverage, retail and wellness outlets will soon open.
Inside the building, on the left is a blacksmith’s workshop. Blacksmithing, knife-making and hammer-forging courses are held there
Turn right at the big atrium, and Hoist is up those stairs to the right on the top level
Head up the stairs…
…and here we are!
‘By startups for startups’
YBF and Mirvac decided on the name “Hoist” as a word play on lifting something up, on a big scale. It’s also a nod to the Hills Hoist, the iconic green clothesline invented in Australia, and found in many Australian backyards
It’s a mix of spaces and zones and is very much open plan
There’s a boardroom, classic meeting rooms, dedicated offices, hotdesks, a workshop room and breakout areas
The suite currently hold 50-60 seats, but they’re rapidly scaling that up to 1,000 seats
The companies that will use the space include proptech, retail tech, financial services, Internet of Things companies, and Big data companies.
It’s also fitted out with a kitchen.
This kitchen table is filled with loose scrabble tiles, and workers are encouraged to play around with the tiles to spell out words before the table is laid with a permanent glass top
There’s a range of different seating arrangements and options. This a bar-stool-type setup…
… a cafe-style arrangement
As well as an executive-looking area…
And some booth-like seats
This is my personal favourite — a private conversation booth, perfect for taking a quick call without disturbing anyone else
A nice touch of greenery can be seen throughout
In the corner there are also some typical desk arrangements for those who aren’t keen on hotdesking
As well as some typical offices like this one
And this one which doubles as an informal meeting room
Hey, look! A foosball table
And finally, a look inside the boardroom
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