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The Ko-Working Space!

Creative People

Co-working spaces are really lifting their game! You might remember our round-up of the best communal work spaces in Australia from last year… now we have a new addition to add to the mix – in Geelong!

Co-directors Karina van de Pol and Olivia Fleetwood take us on a tour of their newly launched space, THE KO in Geelong. A space for photoshoots, book clubs, wine tasting and more!

20th June, 2019

Welcome to THE KO in Geelong. Photo – Armelle Habib.

A blank slate, ready for creative enterprises! Photo – Armelle Habib.

Hard at work at THE KO. Photo – Armelle Habib.

Natural light floods the space. Fireplace from Oblica. Photo – Armelle Habib.

The kitchen is ready for the veggie patch to be ready! Tapware by Sussex taps in tumbled brass. Photo – Armelle Habib.

Karina van de Pol and Olivia Fleetwood in their office at The Ko. Photo – Armelle Habib.

Bathroom details. Photo – Armelle Habib.

Miriam McGarry
Thursday 20th June 2019

‘Where people can connect, get inspired and collaborate together’ – Olivia Fleetwood.

Like any good story, this one begins with food and wine… THE KO co-founders Karina van de Pol and Olivia Fleetwood met at a dinner party and ‘ended up sitting next to each other all night talking about cook books.’ United by their love of food, wine and design – Karina and Olivia also both had partners from Geelong, and were considering building lives at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road.

The duo immediately hit it off, and through a chance discussion with the local yoga studio, they discovered that a building was soon to become available in Geelong’s CBD. Olivia explains ‘we had a walk through and straight away knew the space was perfect!’ They had been discussing developing a co-working creative space in Geelong, and they stepped into a site with the perfect bones for this business venture.

THE KO is a creative workspace with three separate wings/creative fields: a photography studio, co-working office with a meeting room, and an events space. Olivia highlights that ‘a lot of our friends are small business owners or freelancers’ – photographers, stylists, designers who work from home, or commute to Melbourne several days a week. THE KO is a hub for these entrepreneurs ‘where people can connect, get inspired and collaborate.’

THE KO also offers workshops and events under the pillars of ‘food and wine’, ‘art and design’ and ‘creative ideas.’ Stay tuned as life drawing, gardening, wine tasting and book club details are all soon to be announced!

THE KO Creative Studio + Coworking Space
1/14 Lambert Avenue
Newtown
VIC, 3220

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