Just outside Downtown Austin tucked away off one of the city’s more popular roads is Vuka. From the outside this co-working space which opened last fall looks like a storage warehouse, but inside it’s a place to “gather, connect and create.”
Vuka which means “to awaken” in Zulu is unlike your traditional workspace. It definitely does NOT have an office feel. The room, which is completely open, features handmade nature-inspired interiors. There are several large wooden tables in the main room, along with couches and different types of seating. There are private conference rooms, art stations and dedicated desks for rent. WiFi, of course, is included in your daily or monthly rate.
“Co-working came natural for a space like this and it’s a good way to bring so many people together in one space. There’s a lot of networking and a great sense of community,” said Co-Working director Caitlin Leach.
Vuka’s regulars include entrepreneurs, digital artists, and writers who can work from anywhere. At any one time about 50 of these remote workers are doing so out of Vuka. Members, most of whom are in the tech industry, pay $150 a month and have everyday access from 9am to 6pm. Daily rates are $15 except Fridays where the “drop-in” rate is $5.
It’s Not Just About Work
Vuka isn’t just about providing workspace but creating a community of creative people that may lead to more opportunities for members.
“I hear time and time again from our co-workers how interesting and exciting it is to work around people who don’t do what you do but could potentially have something to contribute to you or your business. A lot of projects and contract work have come out of this space,” said Leach.
That sense of community isn’t just limited to “working” together. Vuka offers daily yoga classes, monthly movie nights and ‘Lunch-and-Learns’ for members. Of course Happy Hour is Friday at 4pm at the refreshment bar.
The traditional office space is no longer the norm. As technology improves employers/employees are finding working remotely can be just as productive. Vuka provides a space for those remote workers who still want to interact with others. So far, Leach says Vuka has been a success.
“We are constantly growing and trying to make it a really great and productive co-working space and the feedback has been great.”
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