With a yoga studio dubbed the Zen Den, an aromatherapy bar, and sessions on mindfulness, Werklab offers more than a place to plant your laptop. It’s a beautifully designed 12,000 square-foot workspace that encourages members to slow down and do their best work, both inside and out.
It’s situated in a 1920s industrial building with wood beam ceilings, abundant natural light, and a good cross-breeze. Disler drew from the talents of her designer/entrepreneur family, and her background in Human Resources, to transform the previously wall-less storage room into a sanctuary of productivity.
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The interior moves from sociable café environments to quiet, distraction-free zones. The open kitchen is the main hub of activity with bar seating, a black quartz island and an espresso bar. Further along are shared desk areas, boardrooms, and a row of private booths. For stationary members, Werklab offers windowed offices with birch plywood walls that reach 30" short of the ceiling to allow airflow, acoustics, and natural light to flow.
Werklab’s coolest feature is the Zen Den. It’s a commodious studio with an adjoining lounge and aromatherapy bar. Pilates, yoga, and meditation classes are scheduled daily, as well as lunch-and-learns and special events—ranging from panel talks to sound bath meditations. The studio’s fourth wall is modular, built with wheels so it can close for louder classes and rotate open for larger events.
Small details matter too: nearly 100 houseplants purify the air, innocuous music plays on low, and Vitruvi stone diffusers emit subtle essential oils. The colour palette is neutral and natural— greens, tans, and terracottas against whitewashed walls. It’s all part of an environment that supports what Disler describes as "our different flow states".
"We all reach a point where we need to work through a block," she elaborates on the importance of workspace wellness. "Whether it’s to get up and move our body, or just stand at a different height, finding a change in perspective can create a shift in mindset."
Design: Christina Disler, Willi Disler, Jamie Gerus
Build: Pacific Pielak Projects
Photos: Britney Gill Photography