WeWork. WeLive. WeGrow. We sure?

An architectural rendering of Facebook's proposed Willow Campus. The goal for Willow Campus is to create an integrated, mixed-use village that will provide housing, transit solutions, and office space that includes new retail space, a grocery store a
People working in a common room at the Embarcadero WeWork offices in San Francisco. WeWork is slowly expanding into a new venture called WeLive - a range of tiny studio flats and slightly bigger dwellings, built around communal areas, in the same building as WeWork office space. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
People working in a common room at the Embarcadero WeWork offices in San Francisco. WeWork is slowly expanding into a new venture called WeLive - a range of tiny studio flats and slightly bigger dwellings, built around communal areas, in the same bui
An architectural rendering of Facebook's proposed Willow Campus. The goal for Willow Campus is to create an integrated, mixed-use village that will provide housing, transit solutions, and office space that includes new retail space, a grocery store and pharmacy. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mixing co-living and co-working spaces blurs the line between leisure and work, fading out any meaningful notion of home

The office-space empire WeWork was founded eight years ago in New York. It currently leases 240,000 sq m of real estate in London alone, which reportedly makes it the city's largest user of offices after the British government.

The basic deal is simple enough: You can either pay to put your laptop wherever there is space, or stump up a little more for a more dependable desk or entire office - and, in either case, take advantage of the fact that, with operations in 20 countries, WeWork offers the chance to traverse the planet and temporarily set up shop in no end of locations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 24, 2018, with the headline 'WeWork. WeLive. WeGrow. We sure?'. Print Edition | Subscribe