At last, Spaces is coming to Portugal. The first location will open in beautiful, buzzing Lisbon by the end of this year. Which makes sense, as Lisbon is having a moment right now. Or better put, it’s been having one for a long time. We had a chat with Jorge Valdeira, IWG’s country manager for Portugal about Spaces, Lisbon and the many things this stunning city has to offer.
“Lisbon is a cosmopolitan and diverse city with a great climate, amazing food, nightlife and a beach,” Jorge says. “It’s extremely safe, tolerant and still very affordable. It has a great quality of life, which makes it an attractive place to live for many expats, especially youngsters.”
The Golden Gate to Portugal’s Capital
Dubbed the ‘San Francisco of Europe’ thanks to its growing pool of tech start-ups, Lisbon’s co-working scene has been gaining momentum for some time. And now that Spaces has found the perfect Lisbon location, it’s time to move in. The first Spaces in Portugal – Spaces Marquês de Pombal – will open up over the final few months of 2019.
As well as offering intuitive coworking facilities, including a stylish 700-square-metre business club, the nine-floor, 5,700-square-metre flexible office space will embody the things people love about Lisbon – its vibrancy, its outdoors lifestyle and its culture. It was important for Spaces to find a building with easy access to the capital’s bars and restaurants, so that tenants can step out from the office, unwind and connect after a hard day’s work.
Work at the heart of the city
“Marquês de Pombal is the most central part of Lisbon – the transitional point between the city’s historical districts and modern districts,” says Valdeira. “You can feel the heartbeat of the city. It’s where companies want to be, with good transport services, close to banks, restaurants and the main attractions of Portuguese capital.” He adds: “The new Spaces is right in front of Parque Eduardo VII garden where members can relax, run or play tennis. We have a large shared balcony and also a few smaller private ones, and the view over the square and the garden is amazing.”
The buzzing new Spaces is accessible via two metro lines – one of the stations is practically on the location’s doorstep. There’s a bike-sharing hub in front of the building, so tenants can pedal their way along several cycling paths that wind through the Portuguese capital, drop off their rental bikes and get going for the day.
Keep it coming, Lisbon
As Lisbon’s moment in the sun shows no sign of ending and its co-working boom continues, we could soon see more Spaces locations popping up not only Lisbon, but other business hubs across Portugal.
“IWG is already present in the main cities of Portugal, and now we want to introduce Spaces to another community of entrepreneurs and a new generation of workers,” says Valdeira. “This is the ideal time to open Spaces in Portugal, because the economy is growing, and a lot of companies are setting up in the country.”