You’ve heard of co-working spaces, but the trend now is co-studying spaces that offer amenities. Studying with friends just got a whole lot cooler and fun thanks to this kitschy co-learning space down Shakespeare Sarani!
Kolkata Just Got Its First Co-Studying Space And It Looks Fab
What Is It?
Go up to the 7th floor of AC Market in Shakespeare Sarani, and you will enter Kolkata’s brand new co-learning space Openhouse Study. At first glance it seems like a really kitschy library – think a short, wide set of stairs by the window where you can sit back and study, or small colorful round tables with movable white boards for group study sessions. The prettiest are the classrooms – therein lies the charm of Openhouse. The geometry in the way they have designed their classrooms is fascinating – the tables are angled such that every student can see each other and the teacher. No part of Openhouse Study is boring. Think tiny classrooms right out of a Wes Anderson film, graffiti on the walls, pastel colored interiors – the ambiance is calm and thought-stimulating at the same time.
What Can I Do Here?
They host a variety of classes and workshops ranging from Zumba to French to economics to theatre! When you have nothing to do on the weekends, you can just sign up and walk into one of these classes. The most interesting part is that everyone can be a teacher here, so say if you want to take a small class with your college juniors, you can rent one of the rooms in Openhouse and invite all of your students in! The pricing scheme is pretty conducive for teachers who are just starting off – instead of a fixed fee, the space rent comes for a percentage of the amount you charge your students and the number of students who turn up. Pretty awesome, right?
We personally loved the small cafeteria, it has a vending machine and a coffee maker. Perfect for a small break after a class, amirite?