WeWork – a platform that provides space, community, and services to help people make a life, not just a living – has announced its upcoming second and third locations in Ho Chi Minh City, at Sonatus, opening in November 2019 and Lim Tower 3, opening in February 2020.
Strengthening its presence in the city centre in District 1, WeWork will establish its second location at Sonatus and its third at Lim Tower 3
Branching out from E.Town Central, WeWork’s first location in District 4, the two new WeWork locations are in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City's vibrant central district. Sonatus is situated downtown at 15 Le Thanh Ton street, Ben Nghe ward, while Lim Tower 3 is at 29A Nguyen Dinh Chieu in the hip Da Kao ward.
WeWork has established a strong presence in Southeast Asia over the past two years, since opening its first location in Singapore in 2017. It now boasts major footprints in Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Ho Chi Minh City has rapidly become a major business hub in Southeast Asia, creating strong demand for WeWork’s collaborative spaces, which offer enterprises and businesses an integrated environment blending community, design, culture, and technology.
Moreover, Vietnam’s young population and rapidly growing economy support a strong small business and startup community and entrepreneurial culture, which has led to high demand for collaborative coworking spaces.
Recent trade agreements including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) have increased the country’s standing as a regional and global business centre. As a result, WeWork is well-poised for continued success and expansion in the Vietnamese market.
WeWork Sonatus is accompanied by floor-to-ceiling windows that provide ample natural light and views onto Ho Chi Minh City’s Japanese Quarter below. Taking inspiration from the iconic red brick of the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, the location integrates terracotta tiles, breeze blocks, and red marble at the barista bar island.
Vietnamese design elements and materials such as encaustic patterned tiles in the staircase risers and rattan weave panels are present at the community bar. Iconic traditional lanterns sit above the community bar, while rattan pendant shades hang over the common area. The mezzanine features a contemporary mural of a landscape of buckwheat flowers, while the common area consists of artworks with delicate brushstrokes inspired by Vietnamese folk art.
Amidst cafés, administrative offices, and foreign consulates in District 1’s Da Kao neighbourhood, WeWork Lim Tower 3 uniquely features a karaoke room. Mixing French and Romanesque styles from the colonial era against Vietnam’s urban architecture, exterior walls of grey granite and an interior of black, grey, and red polished stone are integrated.
Bringing warmth to the space, rattan panels are wrapped in dark walnut contrast and wallpapers are inspired by French Chinoiserie design, with Vietnamese block prints illustrating traditional scenes with references to modern life.
New locations demonstrate continued confidence that builds on the momentum from its first location, WeWork E.Town Central. Providing purpose-built environments for the changing workforce, WeWork helps companies to be more efficient through its flexible real estate solutions.
With Ho Chi Minh City an increasingly popular hub for local, regional, and global enterprises and startups seeking to accelerate their growth in Vietnam’s vibrant economy, the greater ASEAN region and beyond, WeWork aims to continue empowering companies and individuals throughout the region to reimagine how they work.