This downtown co-working space allows its members to work ‘As You Like It’

Downtown Orlando has a growing host of coworking spaces, and one of them blends two unlikely themes to spur connections and generate creativity: business and the William Shakespeare play “As You Like It.”

The 12,000-square-foot Pipeline Orlando — which opened in March 2018 on a full floor in the 16-story CenterState Bank building on North Orange Avenue, one of Central Florida’s largest multitenant office buildings — is a shared workspace that caters to entrepreneurs, startups, independent professionals and corporate teams. It’s a membership-based concept, starting at $99 per month for a virtual office and going up to $649 per month for a private suite. It offers companies and businesspeople an assortment of private offices, dedicated desks, flexible space and virtual offices, along with access to a shared café, large event space, lounge and technology-enhanced conference rooms — all with downtown views.

The design takes cues from the origins of the name Orlando, which also was the name of the Shakespearean character who flees to the Forest of Arden in the play. Pipeline Orlando welcomes members “backstage,” where theatrical lighting, open ceilings, wood floors and drapery lead into the “Forest of Arden,” with a wood canopy suspended over the café and flex lounge features a green wall. The North and South “theaters” are designated by the end-to-end proscenium arch, highlighted in a bold pop of color. Wood tones in the furniture and finishes bring a warm feel to the space.

The building landlord is Miami-based Steelbridge Capital LLC, San Francisco-based Gensler handled the design of the space and Miami-based Amicon Construction was the general contractor on the buildout.

Pipeline Orlando was named a winner of Orlando Business Journal’s 2019 Coolest Office Spaces. This feature presents a different company’s space each week through the end of September. Winners are chosen based on their offices’ standout qualities, amenities and tech-savvy features, as well as how the spaces reflects their company’s culture, among other factors.

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How does the space provide returns to users’ bottom lines? Placing professionals’ side-by-side in a semi-open environment fosters communication and collaboration that otherwise would have been a lost opportunity. By operating out of a shared workspace, companies and entrepreneurs can place their sole focus on growing their business from the moment they walk in the door.

What else would you like to tell us about the space? Pipeline Orlando provides many immediate tangible benefits that traditional stand-alone offices simply cannot offer. In addition to the flexibility of short-term leasing, shared spaces cultivate a social aspect that often is not found in a traditional workspace. Pipeline members are part of a network where they have direct access to everything from potential capital investors to seasoned professionals with the knowledge and experience to help advance their business.