Emergence Projects | from MESH to Studio SG22
We’ve been lucky to learn from and get to know everyone at MESH Oslo for a year now! MESH was the first ever co-working space in Oslo, and is now the leading network of entrepreneurs in Norway. Companies like Douchebags, Kahoot, Foodmarket, Nabobil and We Clean are some of the successful companies based here, to name a few. The space has provided us with what we needed; great coffee, good advice, a great number of inspiring startups, new ideas, community and place to work from, and even some new clients and partners.
But when the opportunity came along to help activate and turn parts of the 1st floor of Skippergata 22 into something exciting for the next two years, we decided it was time to move out of MESH’s smallest office and head down to Kvadraturen and a space 15 times the size. Finally we got space to get creative, make our own and create our first Emergence Projects Studio.
Skippergata 22 is a property owned by Aspelin Ramm, who is in a few years down the line looking to rehabilitate the building, creating new offices and shops. In the meantime they were looking for someone that could fill the 4 floors with cool concepts. Oslo House of Innovation decided to take on floor 2-4, while David (partner of Emergence Projects) together with a group of friends from the music, food and event scene in Oslo was given the 1st floor to play with.
In this Emergence Projects took on parts of the first floor, tearing up 6 layers of floor, painting walls, and turning a dusty old room into a Studio for workshops, project work, talks and events. It’s been three weeks of intense work on top of other projects we’ve got going on, but we’re finally (almost) done!
Last night over 70 people came to celebrate the opening with us (what an amazing turnout and party!! Thank you everyone!) and next week we’re turing the studio into a lab for Oslo Business Region looking into issues around attracting and retaining international talent in Oslo. Phew — there’s no stopping!
If you want to come and check our space out — let us know, and we’ll have coffee or a drink ready for you!
Here’s some pictures from our time at MESH, from the messy work of making our Studio at Skippergata, from our opening party last night and of the space.