Whilst writing “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” Douglas Adams famously said:
“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
Coincidentally, that kind of describes how we were feeling while renovating our third area in a perfect way. After the second deadline flew by we started telling ourselves (at times even chanting it) another quote from Adams – “Don’t Panic.”
And what do you know – several months later + a couple of thousand beers, a few sleepless nights (okay, more than a few), and a lot of stupidly ridiculous moments and we finally did it. We’re happy (and just relieved) to announce that the third area of Puzl CowOrKing, neatly named The Extension, is now open and already hosting 9 amazing companies from the Bulgarian startup ecosystem.
(Note: If you don’t know why a towel is about the most massively useful thing you can have, stop reading this post and get yourself a copy of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, like right now. I’m dead serious.)
The Extension is loaded with ten beautiful dedicated offices, designed to answer the needs of the companies inhabiting them and match their unique personality. To accomplish that we spent time with each of the companies to figure out the best design solution for them. We presented them with different options for the interior (Ranging from Industrial to Contemporary and Eclectic), and together we selected the one that would match them the best while being consistent with the rest of the coworking space. Besides the offices, we also hooked up the area with 2 meeting rooms, 2 meeting booths, 4 phone booths and a large comfy relaxation area with a mind-blowing view, to which everyone has access.
Building The Extension was perhaps the most challenging thing we have done so far. It was super fun, but also a bit crazy. I mean, we designed 8 completely custom and totally different metal staircases from the ground up. By ourselves. And then we asked the metal guys to build them. That’s about the time they started telling us “Вие не сте добре, бе...“. Here’s some fun stuff we learned during our adventure this past couple of months:
Conclusion: Renovating a new coworking floor is an adventure that requires a crazy motivated team and an awesome (and patient :* ) supporting community.
In the end, though the most important thing about The Extension are not the funny stats and quirky moments, but the companies that are joining it. So big shout out for:
And that’s not the end of the story. As some of the teams are moving into their new home, others are joining and taking their desks in The Space and The Factory to feel the craziness of the coworking world. We have a few available ones, so if you’re eager to join us, just stop by for a cup of coffee (we have some really good Kilimanjaro beans, freshly roasted just for us) and say 'Hi'.
Petya is the Chief Navigator of Puzl CowOrKing. With the spirit of a teenager, she deals equally swift with both management issues and snowy mountain slopes.