As Hongkongers work from home again, property firms put office features into new residences
Property developers in Hong Kong are responding to people’s needs as work from home becomes more common, by adding co-working spaces, strong information technology infrastructure and meeting facilities to new projects.
New residential developments have had to rethink communal spaces, said Simon Chua, the co-founder and executive director of architecture firm Lead 8. “The traditional clubhouses are useless during the pandemic. Some developers have started converting them to co-working spaces that people can rent during the day. [They can] share facilities such as printing, meeting rooms and flexible spaces for work and relaxation,” Chua said.
Hong Kong is facing its fourth coronavirus wave, and the government announced on Monday that civil servants will return to working from home. The city has also shut schools until the new year. With these developments in mind, some developers are making sure their homes can also serve as offices.