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Big and Tiny, The Perfect Co-working space for parents

Elle Decor.

Zooco Estudio designs the ideal working environment for flexible professionals with little ones in tow

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In California, coworking spaces are evolving as a sign of the times, striking a delicate balance between the professional and personal realms. So it came as no surprise when Zooco Estudio unveiled Big and Tiny, a work environment welcoming the children of its members in a space to learn and interact with peers without being separated from their parents. A concept that fully grasps the quintessence of smart working, parents at Big and Tiny are able to save time from rushing to and from daycares while cultivating a tight-knit community.

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Imbuing the coworking space for parents with a signature style, Zooco Estudio was inspired by simple geometric forms. Founded in 2008 by Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito and Sixto Martín Martínez, the Madrid-based studio flaunts a prestigious portfolio with a wide variety of projects. Many will recognize their work at the Centro de las Artes di Verin, with its monolithic volumes, or the De Vinos y Viandas wine shop enclosing interiors marked by simple and sinuous lines. Their trademark, however, is a keen sensibility to craft a clear concept for each project, responding to the needs and pre-existing spaces of each site.

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In this case, the 196 square meter space for coworking in Santa Monica was organized with a precise primary objective: to construct a welcoming atmosphere with the right mix of formality and familiarity, resembling a home with spaces dedicated to diverse tasks.

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The property was thus divided into three macro-areas: one for play, one for work, and one for meetings. To order the respective spaces, an intricate intertwining of wooden trusses marks the ceiling, where visual continuity is established moving down between geometric references. Arches, triangles, and rectangles become the guiding lines to interpret each space in a free but modular succession inspired by puzzles.

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The relaxing effect of natural wood is felt in the furnishings and lighting from Ferm Living, while high walls and select industrial elements like exposed tubing create a harmonious visual balance. The color palette, meanwhile, draws on typical daycares and calming tones like pink and sky blue, which are further exalted in the play area and the relax area with ceramic tiles.

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At Big and Tiny, adults can work between the furnishings from Normann Copenhagen, make calls in the complete privacy of isolated stalls, or organize meetings. Meanwhile, the little ones are free to play or follow classes at the in-house art studio.

Big and Tiny, A Co-working space with Childcare in California


Big and Tiny co-working space and kindergarten by Zooco Estudio

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A kids’ play area is included in this co-working space in Santa Monica designed by Spanish firm Zooco Estudio, so its members can bring their children to work.

Big and Tiny is among the first co-working facilities in the US to offer onsite childcare. The company was founded by an entrepreneur who is a mother with the aim to empower parents by helping them integrate their personal and professional lives.

Big and Tiny co-working space and kindergarten by Zooco Estudio

The facility occupies a 2,100-square-foot (195-square-metre) storefront space in the coastal Californian city. Designed with both adults and kids in mind, it is intended to foster “productivity, creativity and community”.

It features a high ceiling with a series of wood-bow trusses, which Zooco Estudio used as an organisational device. Three separate areas were established – a cafe-cum-shop, a kids’ play area and a work zone.

Big and Tiny co-working space and kindergarten by Zooco Estudio

The trusses also informed the design of plywood partitions and certain pieces of decor.

“Using the original truss ceiling as an example of a universal geometric language, we created a repetitive modular and constructive system that reminds us of a puzzle,” said Zooco Estudio in a project description.

“This adaptable system creates appealing elevations in all the three areas.”

Big and Tiny co-working space and kindergarten by Zooco Estudio

The front zone contains a coffee bar and a boutique with kid-themed merchandise. Visitors can sit at round wooden tables and pastel-hued chairs.

Hanging on the walls are triangular and semi-circular iron racks. The front area also features tile-clad blocks that are used to form shelving and a display counter.

Big and Tiny co-working space and kindergarten by Zooco Estudio

“The modular and movable cubes are made out of 10-by-10 ceramic tiles in pink and blue, which is the brand’s colour palette,” the team said.

“This offers the flexibility to configure the space according to different needs.”

Situated behind the cafe and shop is the children’s area, called Tinyland, which aims to offer “purposefully selected sustainable toys to stimulate imaginative play”.

A playground consists of wooden structures such as a ball pit, a slide and a small stage. The room also has a studio space where kids can work on art projects and take classes. Concrete flooring is covered with an eco-foam material.

Big and Tiny co-working space and kindergarten by Zooco Estudio

The rear zone houses the co-working area for adults. The room has Scandinavian-style office furniture from Normann Copenhagen, along with a soundproof phone booth from Room.

Membership to Big and Tiny, which includes childcare, starts at $305 (£241) per month. The charge for a two-hour drop-in is $49 (£39).

Big and Tiny co-working space and kindergarten by Zooco Estudio

Zooco Estudio – which has offices in Spanish cities Madrid and Santander – was founded by architects Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito and Sixto Martín Martínez. Other projects by the studio include a complex of granite-clad buildings that form an art centre in the city of Verín.

Big and Tiny co-working space and kindergarten by Zooco Estudio

Co-working spaces have been on the rise in recent years as working lifestyles become increasingly digital and nomadic.

As the industry becomes more competitive, many are offering tailored experiences. Examples include a women-only workspace and a members’ club geared towards celebrities and famous professionals.

Photography is by Aaron & Jon Photographers.

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