Off premises: Moscow’s unusual coworking spaces

August 27
Parks and pedestrian areas

Due to the coronavirus pandemic over the past few months, many employers have moved to remote work. When the epidemiological situation got better but offices were still off limits, coworking spaces came to the fore.

These spaces have always been popular among freelancers and people with a flexible work schedule, as well as self-employed people and those who combine studying and working. The My District programme has brought coworking spots to park pavilions, summer reading houses and gazebos. Read this mos.ru article to learn about places suitable for remote working.

Central Administrative Area

Workstation: An open-air office in Gorky Park

The Workstation coworking space in Gorky Park’s Neskuchny Garden is open round the clock. It has 140 working spaces, with 81 of them being open-air workstations. The space covers an area of 420 square metres.

The pavilion with panoramic windows has a meeting room with a plasma screen for business meetings and presentations, plus a kitchen and an area with couches, bean bag chairs and a television. The open-air space is open from May to September, offering a spacious terrace with sockets and Wi-Fi access.

Benches with sockets in Islam Karimov public garden

In 2018, a small public garden named after the first president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, opened on Bolshaya Polyanka Street. It has benches with in-built sockets, so that people can work and charge their devices on a warm day. They are not suitable for lengthy work, but one can quickly send an email or recharge a device there.

Eastern Administrative Area

Bukvodom in Sokolniki Park

The Bukvodom library offers not only books, but also a space to work. It has a cosy coworking space with panoramic windows. There are 10 workstations with large desks with lamps, sockets and Wi-Fi access. Visitors can use a printer, scanner and the local book collection. There is also a vegan bar that serves healthy snacks.

The coworking area is open from 10 am to 9 pm on working days and from 11 am to 8 pm on weekends.

Southern Administrative Area

Coworking in Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve

This coworking space is unusual because it is located not in a park pavilion, but underground: in the lobby of the museums of the Grand Palace and Bread House. The space can accommodate 20 people and covers an area of 600 square metres. It has sockets, internet access, a café and a cloakroom. Working there is free.

The coworking space is open from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday.

Gazebos in Brateyevskaya Poyma Park

In Brateyevskaya Poyma Park, which was established under the My District programme, one can not only do sports, but also work remotely. The park alleys have several gazebos with benches and desks. Sport enthusiasts will not distract office workers, for the gazebos are located at a distance from sports grounds.

Northeastern Administrative Area

Open coworking in Sad Budushchego Park

Residents of the Rostokino District who do not want to work from home in good weather can go to the open-air coworking space in Sad Budushchego Park.

After the renovation in 2017, the park got a working area with gazebos and an open platform with desks, benches and sockets. There is also a lounge area with deck chairs where one can take a break from work or get comfortable with a laptop.

Coworking is free.

Book swapping in Babushkinsky Park

This cosy pavilion is used for holding intellectual games and book swapping, but it is also suitable for working remotely.

Western Administrative Area

Coworking in 50-letiya Oktyabrya Park

A small art pavilion is located in the central part of 50-letiya Oktyabrya Park. The space can accommodate eight people and has book exchange shelves and Wi-Fi. Access is free.

In addition, contemporary and multipurpose bus stop shelters are being installed in many districts of Moscow. While waiting for a bus or a tram, people can deal with work issues by using Wi-Fi and USB sockets.

Source: mos.ru

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