AN INTRO TO ZOKU

A THRIVING NEIGHBORHOOD FOR GLOBAL NOMADS

Facilitating global living and working, Zoku is a new category in the hotel industry: A home-office hybrid – suitable for long stays – with the services of a hotel and the social buzz of a thriving neighborhood. It’s a place to call your second home from your first visit, and is optimally suited for people living and working in a city for a few days to several months. Zoku offers the international traveling professional – the global nomad – a home base with both a smart Zoku Loft (private areas) and Social Spaces (communal areas) to work, sleep, play, meet and live in.

HISTORY

THE WORLD DOESN’T NEED MORE STUFF, IT NEEDS SMARTER SOLUTIONS

In 2009, the global nomad was starting to rise. Blending work and leisure, these individuals are not bound by traditional working hours and live across the globe, wherever their work takes them. This inspired co-founder Hans Meyer to personally conduct almost 150 interviews with self-employed professionals, entrepreneurs, travel managers, expat managers and many more, in order to fully understand their needs and frustrations with the accommodation available at the time, and their experiences living and working abroad, far from their homes.

In late 2010, Hans met with co-founder Marc Jongerius, a seasoned professional with a strong background in private equity and venture capital. In 2011, they decided to partner to take Zoku forward. During this period, the first Zoku Loft prototype was co-created with members of the target audience and renowned design agency concrete Amsterdam. Though a basic model it immediately demonstrated the design’s potential.

Over the next years a total of six prototype Zoku Lofts were built. Along with the public area concept, extensive trialing and testing was conducted with future Residents and important partners like housekeeping companies.

In 2012, the listed Metropool government office building, ideally located on the Weesperstraat in central Amsterdam, was vacated for an urban regeneration project. After pitching to the developer, in 2013 Zoku was chosen as a tenant for this exciting mixed-use development, with the community aspect of the concept being cited as a primary factor. In 2014, planning and construction started in earnest. Over the next two years the interior of the building was stripped bare.

Zoku Amsterdam opened in the summer of 2016 to widespread press coverage and international acclaim. The launch was a great success, and with over 40,000 Residents served in three years and having received leading review scores, Zoku is preparing for the first stage of its international expansion – opening in Copenhagen in late 2020 and in Vienna and Paris in 2021.

Zoku Properties

Zoku Amsterdam front view

Zoku Amsterdam

Opened in 2016 - Located just minutes from central Amsterdam in the Eastern Canal District, Zoku Amsterdam is a local landmark and community hub. It has 133 pioneering Zoku Lofts, and our famous greenhouse and rooftop garden.

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Zoku Amsterdam

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Zoku Copenhagen - Opening 2020

Just five minutes from the city center by metro, Zoku Copenhagen will be situated on the vibrant Amager island, with easy access to many points of interest. It will accommodate 160 Zoku Lofts – our biggest Zoku!

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Zoku Copenhagen - Opening 2020

Zoku Sketches Vienna

Zoku Vienna - Opening 2021

Located in the central Second District of Leopoldstadt, Zoku Vienna will be close to the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Messe Wien Conference Center, and the iconic Prater park. It will feature 131 Zoku Lofts.

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Zoku Vienna - Opening 2021

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Zoku Paris - Opening 2021

Located in the 19th Arrondissement, in the up and coming Claude Bernard-MacDonald -Rosa Parks area, Zoku Paris will be close to the Parc de la Villette and Rosa Parks RER station. This new Zoku will also welcome 129 Lofts and redesigned Social Spaces.

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Zoku Paris - Opening 2021

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