Solidary, socially responsible coworking
The Barcelona company Manglar has recently inaugurated the first coworking with solidarity capital in Spain, a 1,500 m2 building located at number 29 Balcells street, in the Barcelona neighbourhood of Gràcia with a total of 142 workspaces.
Manglar defines itself with the term solidary coworking, since two thirds of the investment necessary for the acquisition of the asset, an old industrial building, was contributed by two local solidarity foundations: Patronat Ponsich and Adroer Martori.
The work has been carried out by Hostench Architects, while the design, interior design and furnishing have been entrusted to Adeyaka, managed in turn by Marieke de Groot of Planique. The space preserves the industrial spirit of the building in details such as the flooring, the wooden beams or the enormous glass table in the dining room and exudes a cosy atmosphere, created with natural and sustainable materials, lots of vegetation and flooded with natural light in most of the areas.
The central square is the place where all the activity of the co-workers converges, and it is dominated by a large circular table under the sculpture of a mangrove. A singular space created by Hostench Architects and beautifully decorated by Studio Topic with lots of greenery to be the epicentre of the shared space.
JG has furnished most of the workstations, in different versions of Modul in individual and shared desks for private spaces, and Modul in bench desks for collective spaces, all equipped with Qbuc pedestals; Cuadrat tables for small meeting rooms with acoustic insulation.
The space is complemented with technical seating, home and contract furniture for shared spaces, and some compositions of Frames lockers for the personal nomadic archive.
A sustainable business model with a different atmosphere that distinguishes it in the wide range of coworking that floods this cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Barcelona.