LX Factory is an obligatory spot on the map of Lisbon for all creative souls – artists, young entrepreneurs, digital nomads, freelancers, remote workers and others! If you consider yourself as an open-minded human who is looking for an innovative and unusual environment to work, learn or just meet other positive minds – that would be an ideal destination to explore!
In the few recent articles, I’ve written about some examples of a very popular nowadays idea of reorganising old, industrial areas into modern and vibrant spaces. In Barcelona, there is, for instance, Palo Alto – a large complex of old, industrial buildings currently used by entrepreneurs and firms to create their offices in renovated spaces of former factories. The owners called it “an urban island” to highlight the significant meaning of putting the former factory grounds to people’s use. From Monday to Friday you can find there different teams of workers in their offices or in a huge garden outside the buildings. During the weekends, there is held one of the most recognisable street markets in the city, Palo Alto Market. The another worth to mentioned example of this process is the Nau Bostik area – this zone hasn’t been renewed so far, but it’s efficiently used to organise different social events in the industrial environment.
About LX Factory
According to the LX Factory’s website, from the second half of XIX century, in Alcântara, Lisbon, the complex of fabrics has been increasingly developed and occupied by manufacturing companies from Lisbon and other countries. Nowadays, this huge industrial area – in total its size is more than 23.000 m2 – is intended for public use. The owners have decided to revamp the old buildings and show the whole district as a very modern, energetic and artistic spot – the first of its kind in Lisbon.
As a result, in the old fabrics, there are many headquarters of companies from different areas – from publicity, communication and architecture to art, fashion or music. It’s very easy to find there restaurants, coffee shops or beer gardens and each of them will probably surprise you by its unusual concept of interior design, menu offers or additional attractions (e.g. workshops, exhibitions or performances).
Digital nomads paradise
As a digital nomad, you can spend in LX Factory long hours sitting in the modern cafes, sunny gardens or in the coworking space. The diversity of their offer is a guarantee that everyone should find there a spot suitable for his or her needs. Almost every place offers a good internet connection as well as a very friendly and creative atmosphere.
Street art works
Need a break after a few hours of working? Let’s organise a tour through the industrial area of LX Factory. On the walls of fabrics and buildings, you can notice many great examples of Lisbon’s street art. In the meantime, you have an occasion to enter plenty of shops with a very diversified offer of handicrafts, organic drinks, food and more!
Friends and families get together
LX Factory has organised events for the young creatives as well as for families with children. Concerts, street art performances, workshops – almost everything what is needed to spend a day off in a very active and satisfying way.
Productive social spaces
Again, the idea of transforming old factories into modern, lively spaces for people has become a success. Personally, I was very inspired by LX Factory – especially because it was a first place that I’ve seen so far that seems to be a small creative neighbourhood with a wide offer for everyone – not only for businesses and not only during the weekends. LX Factory offers a day-to-day opportunity to work in a very inspiring environment, meet new people, collaborate with each other and motivate others to change! What kind of change? A change in the way of thinking about public space management, methods of spending free time or work environment types. Hope such initiatives will occur as inspiration to organise other productive social spaces.
Have you known a similar concept in your city or country? If so, share with us your thoughts about it in the comments below!