By:Amy Rosner By:Amy Rosner | March 8, 2022 | culture
Barnfox, the first network of design-focused, community-driven workspaces celebrates the opening of its first Manhattan location and the launch of its Residencies Program.
Opened in February 2020, Barnfox provides an experience that remote workers were not getting anywhere else: a people-centric workspace close to nature.
By helping companies decentralize their workforce, Barnfox is launching community-connected hubs that bridge cities to getaway destinations, the release discloses.
“Barnfox was born out of a passion to create community-driven, beautifully designed spaces that empower the remote workforce to get away, live, work, and play from anywhere in the world,” said CEO & Co-Founder Frederick Pikovsky.
“Remote work has necessitated spaces like Barnfox to exist around the country and to meet that need we have moved quickly to introduce solutions for individuals and companies.”
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According to the release, “The first Company in Residence, mental health startup Nirvana Health, commissioned Barnfox to create a connected work and retreat space to support the hybrid/remote nature of its workforce.
This is indicative of the larger industry, where 51% of employees are now working in a hybrid environment (Gartner). Residencies were launched in response to a waitlist of over 100 individuals and companies interested in private offices, communal workspaces, and offsite retreats.
Barnfox’s Residencies provide a much-needed flexible solution to companies with commercial office spaces that sit underutilized.
Fortune 500 companies including Calvin Klein have previously organized company offsites utilizing Barnfox work and retreat spaces.”
Located in the heart of Union Square on 821 Broadway, Barnfox’s newest work and retreat space allows members the ability to work from its network of city and getaway locations, a
benefit that isn’t available by any of the current major coworking companies.
The space is also equipped with Barnfox’s signature amenities including complimentary nitro coffee and kombucha on tap, a snack bar stocked with local vendors, and outdoor events in seasonal rotation that includes kayaking on the Hudson River, cycling, yoga classes, and farm-to-table dinners that help members form bonds with each other and with the local community, the release explains.
“As Barnfox has grown from one to four locations, we have always kept the local environment at the heart of every decision we have made,” said Co-Founder Tim Tedesco.
“Reconnecting with nature is core to Barnfox’s existence, and with each new location we are creating new opportunities through events and activities to help members replenish in nature.”
To create a fully integrated offsite retreat ecosystem, Barnfox introduced an accommodations program in early 2021, a curated collection of boutique hotels, private homes, rustic cabins, and unique lodging experiences which are all located within five miles of Barnfox workspaces.
Members get access to exclusive booking rates and benefits for a seamless work retreat or company offsite experience in getaway destinations.
As part of the company’s continued growth, Barnfox has hired Kiel Lawrence as Head of Development, who will also join the Board of Directors.
Lawrence previously worked as Senior Director of Enterprise at WeWork, overseeing more than 1 million square feet of enterprise leased space in 12 months. In this new role, Lawrence will spearhead new and future Barnfox locations and developments and play an integral part in the introduction of Residencies, the release explains.
Barnfox’s Residencies program is now accepting applications for dedicated work and retreat spaces, and all Barnfox locations are accepting applications for memberships and retreats.
Photography by: Courtesy Barnfox