With a name that sounds like some secret society for the young, urban cool kids, the Inner City Ideas Cartel is arguably the most desirable co-working and networking venue in Cape Town. It’s a place geared towards establishing a central base and community of like-minded people who work for themselves, are mobile agents or part of innovative start ups about to take over the world.
After the success of the first venue along the Fan Walk that opened in 2013 as well as the increasing demand for beautifully designed and considered office space by the city’s growing community of independent workers and small businesses, the opening of ICIC 2 in Loop Street a month or so ago couldn’t have come at a better time.
With 10 000m2 of premium office space in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD, this place puts the ‘hot’ into hot-desking. The building has heritage status and was taken over and put through a rigorous refurbishment by Kings Cross Property, a development company with a keen eye for aesthetically pleasing design with green sensibilities. The space feels like a sophisticated gentleman’s club straight out of Brooklyn; think facebrick walls, marble, timber, leather, brass and slate finishes. The beautiful views of Cape Town’s street life and exceptional furnishings by local designer Monya Eastman of Stokperd up both the class and comfort factor.
From hot-desking day passes to semi permanent desk spaces, to co-working nodes as well as full company offices, the memberships at ICIC 2 are as varied as the definitions of ‘freelancer’ or ‘independent worker’. Included in all membership is access to some of the city’s fastest fibre optic networks, VOIP phones, cleaning, security and conscierge services.
Written by Genevieve Putter