Coolest Offices in Manila: O2 Space

Co-working housed in a visually compelling home away from home gives freelancers and start-ups fresh inspiration.


( On the fringe of all the fast-rising corporate environments in and around Manila's CBDs comes a new crop of co-working spaces: modern open offices offering alternative, hassle-free solutions to new businesses seeking a small space to set up, giving creative freelancers a functional place to work in (apart from the neighborhood Starbucks or the bedroom), and saving everyone the trouble of worrying about overhead costs and administrative headaches.


"We are freelancers ourselves, and we saw the need for a space to get things done. Working in a cafe or taking calls in the car just wasn't cutting it," says O2 Space's managing partner, Anya Santos-Uy. The team behind this charming office chanced upon an available space at Milelong's third floor. Still part of Makati's central business district but out-of-the-way enough for people to always find a parking spot, the opportunity to set up shop was too good to pass up.




And the main draw of the space? An eye-catchingly large semi-circular window. Today, the window is the focal point of O2 Space's workstation-a brick-laden, café-style open area where people can come in for the day, find their own private corner, and get work done. While free Internet is a huge pull, the natural light, the visual texture of the brick walls, terrariums, and found objects smartly displayed on a door-turned-console table will give anyone doing some serious work a breath of fresh air.


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Also, every creative knows the benefits of fueling up on caffeine. O2 Space also provides a coffee bar with unlimited cups of Sagada brew as part of the perks. A menu of paninis and savory sandwiches is also available-all under P100. People coming in for the day can settle in for anywhere from four up to eight hours, enjoy the view and the turf just outside the window, as well as some soft, ambient jazz music piped in throughout the day.




To the right of the workstation are meeting rooms that are also rented out. Cozy enough to keep things quiet, these rooms come fully equipped with all the utilities you'll need to run a teleconference or an actual in-person powwow.



Just across the hall are serviced offices that O2 Space sets up according to your specifications-no need to bring your own furniture. These specialized spaces can be rented for three months and above. "Sure, you've got a tiny office, but it comes with the entire space, the Internet, the phone line, and the Makati address," Anya adds. When the problems of finding desks, office chairs, paying for air-conditioning, and running out of office paper are out of your hands, it's just easier to get in the zone.




Over to the other side of the office is a larger room where workshops are held. "We've had [everything from] team-building seminars for the CBCP to improv classes run by Gabe Mercado," she explains. The wide space is surrounded by white boards and doodle-ready walls, plus a complete supply of tables and chairs that can be set up classroom style, conference style, or in any other configuration that the client sees fit.


Another business solution offered by O2 Space is its virtual office. Tucked in one of the small corners of the space is a row of PO Boxes provided for clients who subscribe to get an address, an e-mail, and a dedicated phone line with forwarding services.




Comfortable, warm, and easygoing, O2 Space takes the pressure off from creative freelance work or start-ups, giving those who are looking for an out-of-office environment a fun, beautiful, optimal space to work.


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