February 25, 2014

The Hive

By Preksha Sharma

Going freelancing has always enticed designers and writers for its merits of creative freedom and doing away with office dynamics and politics. But issues of space, productivity of working from a café/house and/or working all alone have always daunted them. Sudeip Nair, who battled all these issues for almost six years, has designed a space as a solution to the problems that exasperated him for so long. Located in Khar, Mumbai, The Hive, is a cultural space and community office designed out of a heritage bungalow with a dedicated co-working space called The Daftar for freelancers who can just find a desk and work from there.


“We were frustrated with the lack of good cultural spaces in the city for conducting off-beat shows like magician’s night etc. and also of lack of spaces for start-ups or freelancers who cannot afford an office. At times we would be sitting in a café struggling with low speed internet, obliging the cafe by placing unnecessary orders. Where else could you go,” questions Nair. Nair and his partners Pramod Sippy and Rajesh Marar ran an events company in Mumbai.

For The Hive, Nair has designed all the furniture himself – this includes hexagonal tables that double up as a locker, a long extended wooden table if you have to roll-out your charts, and the typical wall facing working desks. Apart from being a great and comfortable space to work, The Hive will also give you an opportunity to work along side an interesting mix of professionals. You might be working besides a designer, an architect, a writer or even a performance artist.


In addition to the tables for working, The Hive also has a sound-proof mini auditorium called The Xircus, which can support close to 100 people and has a stage, sound and light systems, and all technological support needed for conducting a conference along with arrangements for video conferencing. Apart from this, The Daftar space on the first floor also has a tiny room which can fit 3-4 people for a private discussion or brainstorming session. The whole space is equipped with high speed internet facility.


The Hive also places a strong focus on supporting the art and culture and is always bustling with activities that freelancers can become a part of. So you can start your day with Yoga or sweating out in a dance class; and end it with a play, a story telling workshop, classical musical shows, and more. And as you work through the day, you can also relish food from The Hungry Traveller, a canteen that serves organic food. You can place the orders for your food from tablets that are installed on first and second floor; so you don’t have climb up and down the stairs when you are in the middle of something important.

And there is still more. Freelancers who first want to try out the place can pay Rs 500 for the whole day, or Rs 300 for three hours. But most benefits are bestowed on the residents who have hired a place for the whole month. Apart from a fixed space, they get free passes to attend some of the sessions and also the privilege of someone running their errands like dropping a cheque, a parcel and pick up and drop facilities to their residences. Nair is working to add more to what The Hive will offer in future. “The place will define further as more people join in and collaborate,” says Nair.

Here are the details about the charges and facilities provided at The Daftar, the co-working space at The Hive:



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  1. This is amazing. Will drop in some day to see the place.

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