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'Beach' coworking spaces the new craze in Sao Paulo

Even as face masks are compulsory, coworking spaces provide an opportunity to network and interact with people after months of working from home.

October 07, 2021 / 11:53 AM IST
Aerial view of a coworking space on Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 27, 2021. (Image: Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP)

Aerial view of a coworking space on Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 27, 2021. (Image: Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP)

After 18 months of being locked up by coronavirus pandemic restrictions, Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo is breathing again, thanks in part to open-air coworking spaces.

Once the domain of internet startups, these coworking businesses have branched out to a wider client base while also moving from offices to rooftops and terraces.

"Forty percent of businesses in GoWork are conventional: lawyers, consultants, auditors," said Fernando Bottura, the young owner of GoWork, one of the first coworking businesses in Sao Paulo that now owns 14 premises covering 32,000 square meters.

"We've had a 300 percent increase in requests for estimates from traditional big businesses (since 2019) like fertilizer and plastic industry companies," said Bottura, dressed in jeans and sneakers.