The Rotterdamn Collective – Workspaces – Lifehacker

The Rotterdamn Collective

Many of our featured workspaces are featured for what they contain. The most notable thing about today’s featured workspace is what it doesn’t contain.

Lifehacker reader re404 gets stuff done in a work collective located in Rotterdam. His workspace is inside an almost entirely empty loft space in a commercial/industrial area. The emptiness is the most notable thing about the workspace; he and his office mates have a huge amount of license when it comes to arranging their space—the table in the second picture below is a ping-pong table created from wood they salvaged from the previous occupants remodeling of the space.

If we’ve ever featured a workspace that begged to be used for lunch time games of Laser Tag, this is certainly it. What would you do with an “office” that was 90% open space?

If you have a workspace of your own to show off, throw the pictures on your Flickr account and add it to the Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool. Include some details about your setup and why it works for you, and you just might see it featured on the front page of Lifehacker.

The Rotterdamn Collective [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]

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From the first picture it looks like a guy who is doing some heavy hacking work for a covert, underground operation. He is holed up in an abandoned parking garage several levels below the city. That guy always dies.

I couldn’t work there. I need some confines. But if there is room for a basketball goal, I’d consider it.


I see what you’re doing here Jason, and I dig it. 😀


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In the past, a few of my posts have discussed how to decorate your cubicle with the intention of helping you all become more productive by creating a unique, comfortable and inviting work environment. As Lifehacker points out in their recent post, sometimes it is what the work space lacks that makes it more productive than what it has. Thoughts?