The idea of ‘third space’ has many definitions, but in this context, it’s a shared space, a communal zone built into co-working and co-living spaces alike to foster social interaction and community. This alternative space has emerged in response to a growing trend of millennials moving away from a traditional 9-5 workday, towards greater mobility and freedom in the way they choose to work and live.
Co-working spaces like Melbourne’s The Commons and Talent Garden in Milan, weave the idea of ‘third spaces’ into the very fabric of their design. Members are curated to bring diverse, yet like-minded start-ups, creatives and professionals into each other’s orbits. Cross-pollination, collaborations and growth are fostered. Wellness is promoted through yoga classes, personal growth workshops, and meditative spaces. Shared social and work zones help networks bloom organically.