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Sep. 5, 2018 12:19 pm

Is it a coworking space or a hotel? Eaton House offers both

The new space aims to mix hospitality and progressive values as a center for activists 
and social entrepreneurs.
A two-person office at Eaton House.

A two-person office at Eaton House.

(Photo courtesy of Eaton Workshop)

Eaton House hopes to become the coworking space for progressive social change.

The ambitious new offering from Hong Kong entrepreneur and activist Katherine Lo will bring together the office space alongside its planned hotel, café with espresso bar, four private conference rooms, 50-person screening room, in-house radio station and restaurant. All under the same roof.

“My vision for Eaton House is to offer the optimal setting for socially conscious leaders across environmentalism, design, tech, nonprofits, activism and the arts to maximize their dreams and ambitions,” said Lo, the founder and president of Eaton Workshop.

Lo is the scion of billionaire Lo Ka Shui, the chair of Great Eagle Holdings Ltd, which includes Eaton in its portfolio, managed by Langham Hospitality Group. The fact that the company owns the building differentiates the Eaton Workshop concept from other coworking providers that typically lease their spaces.

Eaton House has a vetting process for its prospective members and looks to appeal to “changemakers, activists and creatives,” according to its marketing materials. Attracting like-minded individuals also drives the programming and the events they plan on having.

Membership rates range from $400 to $800 per month for access; a two-person office goes for $1,800, a four-person costs $3,000 and six-person space costs $4,500 per month.

Members of the global club will get access to the hotel’s wellness offerings including its yoga studio, meditation room and infrared saunas. They will also get discounts at American Son, Tim Ma’s new restaurant and its lobby and rooftop bars.

Other features of Eaton House include a library, gender-neutral bathrooms and a photography room which will display art and serve as a media center. There’s a large focus on artistic flourishes: local artist Sheldon Scott serves as “Director of Culture” for Eaton, there’s a fanciful mosaic tile installation on the rooftop bar, and behind the library bar a mural of Ruby Bridges, the first African-American girl who was part of the desegregation of schools in the 1960s, envisioned as Alice in Wonderland.

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Eaton House opens Oct. 1. After that, Eaton Workshop plans on expanding to San Francisco and Seattle, along with its existing Hong Kong location.

Art adorns the space. (Photo courtesy of Eaton Workshop)

Art adorns the space. (Photo courtesy of Eaton Workshop)

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