A few weeks ago, we welcomed Ana V. Martins to our co-working space. She is a blogger and the face behind the successful platform Amsterdive.

For many bloggers like Ana, it can be quite a challenge to find a suitable place to work from: a home-office can be rather dull for some, and cafés may be crowded or too noisy at times. Our co-working space provides the solution – you can work in a quiet and creative environment while surrounding yourself with other like-minded people!

So if you find yourself in a similar situation and wonder what it’s like to work in a co-working space, read below for a refreshingly honest and enjoyable review about working in The Thinking Hut!

About Ana V. Martins:

Ana describes herself as an “actress turned content creative, arts & culture journalist and social media wizard”. The Amsterdam-based blogger has Portuguese roots and a background in Theatre and Journalism and is a Yoga teacher as well.

To watch Ana’s vlog about her days at The Thinking Hut, click here!

Co-Working Days at The Thinking Hut

When I was invited to a try-out at co-work The Thinking Hut, I was thrilled. I all starts with a name. They call themselves creative co-work, and that sounds just right for me. The idea of working in a hut brings out the hippie in me, which is my most playful side, and possibly the best one. I like to work at dynamic places that do not feel like traditional offices. Plus I had worked at The Thinking Hut once before with a friend who had rented an office there, and I had had a pleasant experience. So I was willing to have a workplace of my own for the first time in my content creator life, and take the opportunity to do a semi sugar & caffeine detox (in which i failed spectacularly, by the way).

I have been working at cafes since I’ve kicked out Amsterdive. If you follow me on social media you know how passionate I am for third wave coffee places. If a day passes without a visit to a cafe that means I’m sick. However, I also love co-working, and it is handy to have a dedicated space for that. I dislike working from home, and cafes are not always quiet or spacious, and many of them do not provide power sockets. Plus, I had the feeling I was spending way too much money on fancy coffee and cake. I’ve been increasingly interested in co-work spaces as a laboratorium for exciting projects and collaborative work. A place where ideas take shape. Plus, I love this idea of a community of freelancers from different fields doing their thing together and stimulating each other along the way.

When the initiators of the Thinking Hut asked me for an honest review of their co-work spaces, I sort of convinced them to let me vlog there as well. They agreed, and didn’t try to control any part of the process, not the filming, not the written review. On top of that, they incentivized me to be totally transparent in my opinion, as they’d like to know where they could improve. As a blogger I can tell you that this total freedom is rare. Ten points to The Thinking Hut right from the start.

The first Thinking Hut location I’ve visited (they have two) was their space in East (Oost). For starters, it stands pratically in the Oosterpark. That single detail has won me. An office at the park? Sign me in. I really loved the fact that this place feels so low-key. It has a lot of spacious desks, some art hanguing on the walls, and it does have a creative vibe going on. The first day I shared a desk with an illustrator, and it was highly inspiring to simply see her work. The area that I loved the most though was the kitchen / common meal area. It has a lot of light and colour, it is cosy and it invites interaction between freelancers. Plus, it has all the equipment and appliances you might need to prepare a quick meal. Finally, and you’ll see this on the vlog, this location has a fantastic backyard full of greenery and trees, where you can go for a break, a little bit of movement, some fresh air or, if the weather allows, some vitamin D. As for improvement points, I think the working spaces could be made more cosy with the use of plants, pillows, carpets and warm lighting that created more of a living-room atmosphere, less of an office one. This is, off-course, my personal taste. I guess many folks chose co-work spaces precisely for their office feel. All in all, I am going back to that location. I can’t resist the inclusion of greenery in my working day.

I was very curious to try the second location. I knew that the space was located in the South of Amsterdam (Zuid), the business and financial epicenter of the city, and that it would be way more office-office, which means Ana out of her comfort zone. The building, a former bycicle factory, is gorgeous. The front part of the co-work is an enormous window that offers the best possible natural lighting. It also gives access to a patio where you can work in the sun, when the weather is warm. When I shot the vlog this wasn’t very clear because we were in the peak of winter, but I promise I’ll go there on a spring day to show you what I mean. The Zuid Thinking Hut is an office for grown-ups. It is a more modern and chic version of the East one, and it made me feel like an entrepreneur in my own right. Plus point for the fact that the common working space is at the center of it all which can naturally generate interaction between people. Here’s an improvement point: the day I worked at Zuid there was someone talking business on the phone very loudly. The man’s voice in the silence was quite bothering, so my suggestion would be to create a couple telephone booths and insisting on a silence policy in common working areas. As for the rest, I have enjoyed being “one of those people from Zuid” for one day. For those who like a kick-ass design working space, this is your address.

I want to thank The Thinking Hut for taking the risk of having me over together with a couple of guests shooting god-knows-what at both of their locations. These vlogs are playful above all, and pretty blunt because – and this is a spoiler – my mum vlogged with me, so brace yourselves, and have fun. Last suggestion for the big girls and guys at The Hut: if you open a specialty coffee place at one of your locations, I will be your biggest groupie 😉

by Ana V. Martins

Founder | blogger at Amsterdivehttps://amsterdive.com

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