An office away from office – with a social twist

Apartment 58 sets up shop, desk, bar and meeting room beneath London’s Centre Point

Fixed-abode workplaces are so last decade. These days out-of-office spaces are all about networking hubs such asApartment 58. Launched last year as a global members’ club for the creativeindustries, the concept is to provide an intimate and super-stylish venue wherepeople can hold meetings, host private dinners or simply mingle with otherlike-minded, hyper-mobile working folk.

The first Apartment, in London’s PolandStreet, was such a success that founders Alan Gerald Grant and RonaldNdoro plan to launch a further three in the city this year. The first ofthese, located beneath the iconic 1960s Centre Point tower on New OxfordStreet, will open on Friday February 15, coinciding with London FashionWeek. Designed by Michael Sodeau Partnership together with Design Junction(bywords for all that is cutting edge), this 750sq m, four-storeyclub promises to be a high-tech home from home (or, more appropriately,office from office) offering all the services its high-flying clientele expects,including the latest Apple gadgets and ultra-high-speed WiFi.

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But, while the business services arecertainly exemplary, Apartment 58 is also meant to be a social space. So,alongside the private meeting rooms (housed in Centre Point’s striking vaults),there is a creative lounge furnished with midcentury classics, a night club, adesign showroom helmed by the edgy fashion gurus of The Convenience Store that showcases 58 unique pieces chosen by Design Junction and art director AndrewIbi, a bar with resident mixologist and a late-licence restaurant. With distractions like these, members may spend more time out of the club’s office facilities than in them.

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