Fosbury & Sons opens third Brussels co-working space
Brazil meets Wall Street at the sumptuous Fosbury & Sons Albert co-working space in Brussels, where spiral staircases, plants-a-plenty and dark bamboo surfaces enhance office life through comfort and areas that help users focus
Co-working space innovator Fosbury & Sons is spreading its humanist approach to office life even further with its fourth space, and third Brussels location, Albert II-laan. Interior design studio Going East has brought a ‘Brazil meets Wall Street’ aesthetic to the 5,000 sq m co-working space in Brussels’ business district, creating warm, lofty spaces with plants and spiral staircases.
With their mantra ‘The office is dead!’ the three Fosbury & Son founders – Serge Hannecart, Stijn Geeraets and Maarten Van Gool – had some fun bringing their ethos of comfortable workspaces to the old-fashioned office building, the ‘SEVEN’. Once a clunky office building stuck in the past, it has now been renovated by ASSAR Architects and been given a complete interior makeover.
At the Albert, you’ll find a broad and welcoming ground floor lobby, more reminiscent of a jazz club than a reception, with its grand piano and in-house restaurant Midori. Across this area, architectural elements, such as the black staircases or the dark bamboo wood surfaces, are given plenty of space and become functional design features.
The Fosbury & Sons co-working concept generates the atmosphere of a cultural space or a hotel – the founders love bringing new life to tired buildings, mixing unique design objects and comfortable seating. Beyond trends, their style is about creating a high quality of life whether you’re focussing on work, or taking your lunch break.
In 2018, Fosbury & Sons renovated Constantin Brodzki’s 1970 cement firm HQ in Brussels Boitsfort, turning an impressively brutal building into a welcoming co-working space filled with design objects from Marrakech, cream-coloured textiles and warm lighting. Soon after they opened another space west of the city in a satellite business park, Fosbury & Sons Alfons, which is filled with green plants and daylight.
Just like the first two Brussels locations, the business district was not an obvious choice, but it’s an area where the three founders see potential. Within walking distance to Brussels Nord, it’s not far from the KANAL Centre Pompidou, which is set to become a massive cultural draw for the city after its completion.
Fosbury & Sons now provide workspace for 1,170 people in Brussels across the three locations, plus the first space they opened in Antwerp in 2016. However, they aren’t stopping there. With Axel Vervoordt, Coussée & Goris architecten and VDD Project Development they will be bringing their cosy design-led concept to the former Actiris building near the Brussels stock exchange.
The upcoming year will see the team spreading their wings internationally, with Fosbury & Sons Prinsengracht and Westerdok in Amsterdam and Fosbury & Sons Marina, in Valencia, all opening in 2020. §