© NeueHouse / Photography: Yoshihiro Makino

Following outposts in Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles, NeueHouse opens a third co-working space in Los Angeles, and this one’s just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Yes, we’re talking Venice Beach. This part of town may be better known for its laid-back, if not alternative lifestyle, but is has also gentrified considerably over the years, and to such an extent that opening a design-led co-working space here is nothing short of a stroke of genius. Also, there has been quite a demand from both the local creative community and within the NeueHouse community to set up shop here. Housed in a two-storey red brick structure built in 1922 and measuring no less than 23,000 sq.ft. (2,137 sqm.), it has been meticulously redeveloped and designed by acclaimed Toronto-based design studio and longtime collaborator DesignAgency.

NeueHouse Venice Beach not only features a shared workspace, meeting rooms, phone booths, a podcast recording studio, wellness room, showers, locker rooms, and how very appropriate, surfboard storage, but also introduces Reunion, the very first culinary concept developed and operated by the NeueHouse team. Situated on the rooftop, it draws inspiration from the sun and sea of the Italian coastline, and focuses on serving seasonal, local, and responsibly sourced produce and with a refreshing and refined cocktail and wine programme. Kicking off next January, Reunion will be open to only members during the day, but extends access to invited guests in the evening. The interior design of NeueHouse Venice takes cues from an array of inspiration sources, but mostly the notion of an endless summer season and Southern California’s history as an epicentre of modernism.

Most spaces are open and free form, and furniture and lighting are simple and organic, captured by natural materials that are luxurious, textured, and also earthbound, creating an informal yet sophisticated atmosphere. The workspaces anticipate contemporary business needs, and casual seating is arranged in intimate clusters to invite relaxed downtime and serendipitous meetings. As said, Reunion sits on the top floor, and features a setting with a horseshoe-shaped, skylit bar, custom lighting, art collections and designs created by studios and ateliers from the neighbourhood. A discreet back entrance eases access to surf and skate, helping members make the most of the location and encouraging a balance of work and play. At the front of the building, the original brick façade is punctuated by a generous, garage-style door connecting the ground floor gallery to the energy on the street.

Both inside and out, plantscaping by local horticultural studio Rolling Greens injects lively doses of natural greenery. The rooftop patio is surrounded by tumbling vines and palm leaves. Being a home to members of both the local creative community and from out of town, it’s not surprising NeueHouse Venice Beach immerses itself in art by way of a collection that’s curated by Caroline Brennan of design studio Silent Volume and Pamela Auchincloss of ELEVEN+, a curatorial agency of international women curators. Dotting the premises, the selection presents not only the work of renowned artists, but also emerging talent with an emphasis on diverse representation and artists from Venice Beach and Southern California. The collection is anchored by David Hockney’s 4 Blue Stools (2014), which looks at the social dynamic of an art opening and serves as a nod to the British artist’s Venice Beach gallery, formerly located on Market Street, where he has been exhibiting work since 1979.

NeueHouse Venice Beach
73 Market Street
Venice, CA 90291
Telephone: +1 424 4303500
Mon-Fri 8am-11pm
Sat-Sun 10am-6pm

© NeueHouse / Photography: Yoshihiro Makino