To all London coworkers, have you ever wanted a really different day at work? Maybe a change of environment would be good to give your creative and efficient side a boost? If this is the case, we know just where to go!
Throughout the years London has gained a range of iconic images to present the city, such as the double-decker buses, black taxis, the London Underground, and not to mention the traditional red phone booths. It is certain that the red telephone box is a treasured part of British culture and, in 2015, it was even voted the nation’s greatest design achievement. However, the use of smartphones has been causing a steady decline in the everyday use of public telephone booths, dropping from 92,000 in 2002 to less than 48,000 today. As a result, it is just normal that we would wonder what will happen to these highly valued phone boxes.
Luckily, Bar Works, a New York-based co-working company, has found an innovative and special solution to the abandoned phone boxes. During an interview with Tech Insider, the Bar Works CEO, Jonathan Black expressed his wish to find a new purpose for his hometown’s beloved phone boots:
“I was thinking it would be brilliant to find an alternative use for these boxes, which are iconic and positioned in prime locations.”
What we’ve learned so far is that, when it comes to new technologies, even the most British of icons must evolve. Thanks to Bar Works, a New York-based co-working company, many scarlet-red kiosks have been transformed into small offices named Pod Works throughout London, Leeds, and Edinburgh, and more are planned to open all over the UK during 2017.
The company is stating that “entrepreneurs constantly on the move need a convenient, affordable and private place to work […] Why should they sit in Starbucks or any other coffee bar when using one of our Pods will allow them to truly focus on their job before an important meeting or presentation at less than the price of two cups of coffee a week?”
Each office booth features Wi-Fi, a 25-inch computer, a printer and scanner, outlets, and even a coffee and tea machine available at no extra costs. These flexible and affordable workspaces are accessible 24/7 and only requires a subscription that people can pay through Bar Works’ smartphone app.
To re-design the booths, the team is working with the Red Kiosk Company, who has already turned other telephone boxes into shops that sell milkshakes, coffee, salads, and souvenirs.
Inspired by an article on www.blog.eOffice.net