The Swarm co-working studio launches in West End
A space to create, converse and mull over ideas with others, a shared co-working studio gives individual entrepreneurs the community support of an office environment, while maintaining the space to knuckle down solo. The ever-increasing field of start-ups has opened a need for more joint workspaces to share with likeminded creatives.
The newest addition to the local landscape is The Swarm in West End. A multipurpose experimental house for creatives and start-ups, The Swarm sees residents renting a desk or a shared studio space to turn their dreams into realities. Concrete floors and high ceilings frame the open airy interior, which touts a lap pool and space to roll out the yoga mat amongst its features. Originally a 1900s workers cottage, the house was renovated by architect Bud Brannigan, creating an open plan main space with high-folding doors to allow sunlight to stream in, while pops of colour add energy amongst natural tones of wood and concrete. A community-minded environment, The Swarm sources its in-house coffee from Blackstar Coffee up the road and plays host to exhibitions, events and training courses.
Founder of Hunted Hive digital agency and food start-up Noshly, Nathan Keilar set up The Swarm to help nurture local start-ups. Having spent a lot of time working from uncomfortable cafes himself, Nathan set up a similar space in Chiang Mai and visited a bunch of likeminded studios in Montreal, before returning to Brisbane to create opportunities here for local innovative minds.