In search of a coworking space in West LA? Have no fear, as BLANKSPACES provides a spacious renovated factory style co-working quarter, equipped with high ceilings and a row of conference rooms lining the shared communal space for the team worker. This coworking space is an extraordinary example of how to make most out of a former dark & dismal room. The owner, Jerome Chang, is not only an architect but also passionate about coworking. After Blankspaces he designed and opened a second coworking space in Santa Monica, which has followed the same concept.
Located on Wilshire Blvd, BLANKSPACES is close to anything you might need: a walk with the Hollywood stars, great restaurants, and university bookstores a plenty with UCLA and USC close at bay. Its motto, ‘work for yourself, not by yourself”, perfectly sums up the relaxed philosophy.
BLANKSPACES, 5405 Wilshire Blvd. - Contact: (323) 330-9505
What do you think a coworking space should look like in Hollywood? Maybe a huge stylish workspace, with big windows that resembles a boutique fashion store? Perhaps there would be restricted access, leading you to a curated community of the future power players of the movie, music or entertainment industry? If this is what you are looking for, apply for a membership at io/LA. The curated coworking space and incubator opened a year ago directly on Hollywood Boulevard, just a few blocks from the famous Kodak Theatre.
For members, io/la is always open. A membership costs $395 and includes a flexible desk, free coffee and tea and high-speed internet. In cooperation with WeWork, they also provide access to more rooms within the building as well as to locations in SF and NYC.
Io/la frequently hosts events for start-ups and content creators, which are partially open to non-members, such as the Social Media Week. If you want to get in touch with io/la, they also welcome you in their public cafe or just schedule a free tour.
Update: io/LA was replaced by WeWorkLabs, 7083 Hollywood Blvd
Looking for a smaller and calmer workspace in this neighborhood? West Hollywood actually doesn't technically belong to LA, but's known as LA's most famous nightlife area. During the day, there are still a lot of restaurants and shops open, even if it's a bit quieter. Here, you'll find Boxador, a software company, which opens their workspace, Boxaplex, to smaller companies & freelancers.
Boxaplex is a chill and relaxed coworking space, designed in a minimalist style. Signing up at Boxaplex gets you free coffee, high-speed internet and a conference room, which is all included in their monthly membership of $350 without any commitments.
Boxaplex, 8252 1/2 Santa Monica Blvd - Note: Located on a non-permit street so parking is easy
Do you remember your old school? At Droplabs you get both, a classroom for work and a breathtaking schoolyard. Located at the Big Art Labs, breaks can become very inspiring. Watch out for mutant vehicles that were made for Burning Man, visiting theatre productions or concert rehearsals, which share the same studio with church services.
The interior of the Droplabs coworking space looks like a classroom since they often host Drupal workshops. Memberships start a very affordable price, for example a monthly membership costs $25 and you get a place to work, WiFi, and access to their private conference room. As key member you also will be given unlimited coffee, high-speed internet, media equipment, a locker space and a full kitchen for just $150 per month. You won’t find that many restaurants and shops located in this area, but any disadvantage comes with an advantage, like a free parking space in LA!
Droplabs, 651 Clover St. - 855-DROPLABS
Nestled in the burgeoning artist district of Silver Lake, Meet, Mix, Mogul is a cozy go-to space dedicated to co-workers of every variety. Located but a ten minute drive from downtown Los Angeles’ Live Arts District and Central LA, this multi-purpose venue offers comfy sofa space, shared community tables and complimentary Wi-Fi. It’s a perfect place for freelancers looking to boot-strap a start-up or work independently on a project amongst some good company. You may also reserve this space in advance to host special events or speakers. In search of a hovel of quiet as a way to boost your productivity? Do not be deterred by Meet, Mix, Mogul’s gregarious name.
Meet, Mix, Mogul, 1519 Griffith Park Blvd -Contact: (323) 663-6636