The first Inner City Ideas Cartel opened along Cape Town’s Fan Walk, but it’s the establishment’s sexy younger sister, IC | IC ii, in a revamped heritage building in Loop Street, that’s causing a stir, thanks to its breathtaking interiors and an exceptional attention to detail in its membership offering. We speak to founder and co-owner Schuyler Vorster.
How did IC | IC ii come about?
The first IC | IC grew very quickly and within a year we found ourselves managing an impatient waiting list, so we went to market. After months of searching, Nicolette Basson, the floor manager at the time, made contact with Dave Linder of King’s Cross Property, who was redeveloping a heritage building on Loop Street which is now the home of IC | IC ii.
What does the new space offer?
The 10,000m2 of five-star luxury office space has been developed and customised according to a range of possible tenant requirements. Memberships at IC | IC ii range from entry-level hot-desking right up to full company floors. The building is fully serviced with fibre-optic cables, cleaning services, security, a concierge, various reception desks and VOIP. We like to call it a “five-star office-space hotel”.
What have been some of the biggest challenges?
We face challenges daily. Thankfully, the first IC | IC prepared us for most of them, so when we embarked on IC | IC ii, we were somewhat forewarned and forearmed. Finding the right mix of tenants to make sure the community prospers is the biggest challenge and where most of our time is spent. It’s our responsibility to foster a community, and an environment conducive to productivity and opportunity, so we make sure the networking works and the printer prints.
What went into the interiors?
Brigid Randall of ATTIK Design is the most talented interior architect we’ve worked with. She and her company are also tenants at IC | IC ii. Her capacity for creativity and pushing the boundaries of what workspaces can be is an inspiration to all who come to our building, visitors and tenants alike. Monya Eastman of Stokperd was our very first co-working member at the first IC | IC, and she continues to supply us with her beautifully designed bespoke furniture pieces.
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Words: Genevieve Putter
Images: Karl Rogers and Annalize Nel