Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2018

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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1 6 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 8 PROPERTY OF THE MONTH California Dreaming: Mayumi Hotel, Culver City, California Is it a hotel? A dormitory? A co-living space? Whatever you call this new micro-community, gigabit connectivity is an essential amenity. Our thanks to Alexander Bird, co-founder of Mayumi, for his help in gathering the information for this profile. By Masha Zager / Broadband Communities F or the last six years, HQ Development, a Los Angeles real estate group, has converted warehouses and industrial buildings into workspaces for the LA-area creative set, especially in the media and tech industries. As developer Alex Bird explains, HQ's Creative Office subsidiary aims to give smaller companies the same amenities found in Google or Facebook headquarters. Its buildings feature open spaces, high ceilings, high-end materials, modern kitchens, natural lighting, outdoor walkways – and, of course, "nooks and crannies for employees to use their laptops." In the last few years, HQ began hearing similar laments from many clients: e thriving creative industry in Los Angeles was drawing on a nationwide talent pool, but employees relocating to Los Angeles had difficulty finding flexible space to rent and developing a sense of community. "at resonated with us," Bird says, because he and Robert Herscu, CEO of HQ Development, were both immigrants – Bird from the U.K. and Herscu from Australia. "We came here not knowing anyone," Bird continues, "and we didn't know how to make a community. It took a long time, and connection to people is everything in our society." A new arrival in LA had a choice of renting a hotel room by the night – an expensive, anonymous option – or committing, sight unseen, to a longer- term rental in an apartment community. Herscu and Bird began to brainstorm about an in-between space, "someplace where people could stay for a night or a month and it felt like community." Around this time, they came across an old motel property in Culver City, west of Los Angeles, in an area soaked in moviemaking history (Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City now occupies PROPERTY OF THE MONTH HIGHLIGHTS ~ Mayumi Hotel, Culver City, California ~ • Flexible-stay hotel encouraging community building for newcomers to Los Angeles • Caters to creative employees in the technology and media industries • Gigabit internet access, smart TVs and smart-home amenities provided as part of room rental • Vendors include Frontline LLC, SonicWall, Juniper, Ruckus and APC

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