From Peru to Russia, WeWork opened dozens of new buildings in November, including its first locations in several cities: Birmingham, UK; Kobe, Japan; Noida, India; Sacramento, California; and St. Louis, Missouri.
WeWork made a debut in Birmingham—our fifth city in the UK—in one of the most coveted sites in the business district. WeWork 55 Colmore Row, originally a Victorian-style structure designed in the late 19th century, completed renovations in 2017 that preserved its original stone façade and historical architecture, including tall ceilings and large arches in the foyer.
Spread across three floors of the building, the main WeWork area features a variety of seating, including sofas, high chairs facing windows, and seats at shared tables. A neon sign of smokestacks pays homage to Birmingham’s manufacturing roots. Take a virtual tour:
WeWork’s presence expanded in India in November with the first opening in Noida, a tree-lined city near New Delhi. Located near government buildings, the space adds to WeWork’s portfolio in the country, which includes offerings in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Gurugram, Hyderabad, and Pune.
In North America, new locations opened in Toronto, Canada, as well as in several U.S. cities including Austin, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The first WeWork location opened in St. Louis, Missouri, at WeWork One Metropolitan Square.
Large windows in the common area frame a view of St. Louis’s iconic Gateway Arch, the 630-foot stainless steel monument designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen. The design team was inspired by the monument and brought elements of it inside the space, says Lotte van Velzen, the creative director of U.S., Canada, and Israel at WeWork, who oversaw the design. The entrance to a nook on the main floor is in an arch shape, and chairs designed by Saarinen are scattered throughout the space.
WeWork 400 Capitol Mall is the first in Sacramento, California, and is located in the Wells Fargo Center, the tallest building in the city. Spread over two floors and 45,000 square feet, the space includes open areas with sweeping views. Members also have access to building amenities such as a gym and pool.
“We are so happy to be here in Sacramento. We’re just one block away from the most ambitious redevelopment in the region,” says Allison Rummage, a community manager at 400 Capitol Mall. “This area is chock-full of new restaurants, cocktail bars, shopping, and eclectic hotels.”