Apart from its unconventional location, Awfis at Hyderabad appeals for its quirky interiors and a host of benefits for members
In an area that you would least associate with co-working spaces and anything industrial, Awfis made its presence felt at E-floor of Taj Deccan this February. Spread over 7000 square feet, comprising 167 work stations, the unconventional hotel setting is a welcome change for a mundane office goer. With its branches spread across the country at Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru, an impressive colour palette featuring warm and bright hues including blue, purple, yellow, orange, red and maroon on their furniture runs across as a theme even in the other centres. What impresses the most are the one-of-a-kind chandeliers (sourced from Delhi) across most workstations and cabins.
A unique aspect of this office space is its maze-like setup, with no common entrance. The workstations are divided into several blocks across the same floor and it’s easy to feel lost among the entrances. Most of the meeting rooms feature extensive graphic art and a bunch of inspirational quotes (ideal for a startup atmosphere) like ‘Innovation is the only way to win’, ‘I don’t need alarm clock, my ideas wake me’ on the doors. Members of Awfis can pre-book the meeting rooms (equipped with HDMI-enabled television sets); otherwise an average five-seater is open for use at a nominal cost of ₹ 500 per hour.
The sprawling common reception area between various ends of the office instantly attracts attention. A sense of calm envelopes you at a space that leads to the terrace, offering you an unparalled view of the greenery at Taj Deccan. The absence of the conventional bustle of a busy main road is a true value addition to this space. Since seating is flexible, startups/freelancers can choose to request for a particular workstation/cabin. Based on the firm that’s willing to rent a space, the design of the spaces can be altered too. A section of the office space transforms itself into an event zone, if the need arises. A pantry will make its presence felt at Awfis soon.
From firms in real estate sector to the banking sector to online portals and freelancers, many have enrolled in Awfis with much happiness.
Shashikanth, a co-founder of an online portal Grabyourjob has already hired his staff from a network of clients at Awfis. “From startup, investment events to special benefits at venues like Hard Rock Café besides portals like Bookmyshow and Oyorooms, Awfis does a lot more than offering office spaces,” its community manager Chaitanya Reddy informs us.
Another branch of Awfis comprising over 500 workstations will open at Gachibowli soon.
Where: Taj Deccan, Road number 1, Banjara Hills
What: Co-working space
Area: 7000 square feet
Cost: Starts at ₹ 350 per workstation per day
(This Awfis coverage appeared on April 26, 2017 in Metroplus – The Hindu. You can read the story here: http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/homes-and-gardens/awfis-go-awe-over-this-place/article18218944.ece )