Industrial features, including exposed pinewood beams, raw brick walls and huge arched windows, give the coworking space its character. The Shop is the only coworking space in a gallery in New Orleans, so it’d be remiss if the hub wasn’t teeming with artworks. Walls are hung with paintings by Ellen Macomber and photography by Eric Nunez, while Californian duo CYRCLE (aka David Torres and David Leavitt) painted murals in the fourth floor common area.
Winner of the Interior Architecture Honor Award, The Shop is a comprehensive co-working development at the Contemporary Arts Center. It serves as a hub of entrepreneurship in the developing Downtown innovation corridor.
The free-flowing cold brew — conveniently situated next to beer taps housing two different selections from Urban South Brewery — is just one of many details indicating that The Shop at the CAC is not like most office spaces. The 40,000-square-foot co-working space at 900 Camp St., was completed in September and has quickly generated buzz around town for its cool digs, community and cultural partnerships and swanky design.
New Orleans is a place of innovators: Entrepreneurs, freelancers, artist and techies are drawn to the creative energy fostered by the city. While there are co-working spaces in New Orleans that can provide office space for such independent individuals, they only account for 0.1 percent of the commercial rental market, as opposed to one to five percent in other cities.
In September 2016, the Contemporary Arts Center announced it would lease the top two floors of its building to the Domain Companies to create The Shop, an office space targeted at cultural and arts groups and technology businesses. The Shop opened Sept. 1 and the Domain Companies are holding events to display the space.