Where am I off to this week?
Where is it?
So why did I choose The Thinking Hut?
Being my first time in the Netherlands and Amsterdam specifically, I really was unsure as to where I wanted to live or work. As I started my search, I discovered that most of the places I was looking to stay were centered around downtown Amsterdam. Since I like to walk and have as short a commute as possible, I decided to only look for spaces that were a relatively short walk from there.
The Thinking Hut was not only one of the top search results for coworking in Amsterdam but I also felt like it had a great looking vibe from the photos on their social media and website.
In addition, I loved how they started:
The Thinking Hut is the materialized dream of a group of friends who go a long way (before the days of the internet bubble, and its burst). Their relationship has always circled around a common, shared space. During the Christmas of 2012, due to a shortage of square meters for one of our own projects, we decided to take the search for a new space to the next level, opening up an environment where more like-minded people could share their knowledge and experience, and have some fun!
I am always intrigued by spaces that opened organically from a group of people already working together. They tend to bring more soul and inherently a realness and care that isn’t always present.
Side Note: Check out their website and the member’s (“Meet our Thinkers”) section. I really like how they have highlighted who their members are and what they do.
I reached out and was invited to work out of The Thinking Hut for a day. I was able to visit the space on a rainy Wednesday after a short walk from my hostel.
Upon arriving, I was greeted by Justine who was incredibly nice. We chatted for a bit and she gave me a quick tour of the space.
The use of vertical space was quite unique which I had never seen.
After the initial tour, I found a spot in open coworking and got to work. Whenever I had a moment to take a break, I found myself just wandering the space. There are so many nooks throughout the space that it was easy to find a spot to fuel creativity or just to focus.
I really loved the feel of this space.
There was even a good bit of green space outside including a park nearby whenever you wanted to take a break from the monitor.
I even was able to sign up for their Community Lunch which was cooked by a local chef. Delicious!
Even though I mention the vibe of this space due to it’s design and surrounding environment, the people ultimately make or break my experience at a space. From the moment I sat down, I was able to meet some of the fellow open coworkers and had some really nice chats during the community lunch which almost half the space attended.
The Thinking Hut fit many of the aspects of coworking I love. The design, the vibe, the location, and the people were all a great match to what I look for in a space in any new city. Next time I am in Amsterdam, I will definitely be interested in coming back here.
In the meantime, check out the rest of the spaces I worked out of on Cowork22’s European Journey of 2017 as a digital nomad building a business while traveling and working in coworking spaces.
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