Westfield introduces on-demand work spaces at Valley Fair

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ZenSpace "SmartPods" make their debut at one of Silicon Valley's top malls.

Westfield Valley Fair, long one of Silicon Valley’s most popular malls, is one of the first retail centers to introduce ZenSpace work spaces, which the company describes as “SmartPods.”

Spaces offer WiFi access and USB ports and give users control of lighting, temperature, and access. Noise-reduction walls and double-tempered, laminated glass ensure privacy. Users can reserve times in the work pods either remotely or on-site at the mall.

“ZenSpace allows us to diversify the mall experience in a time where our guests desire to work, shop, dine, and relax all in the same place,” said Valley Fair general manager Sue Newsom.

ZenSpace’s chief revenue officer Ted Simon called ZenSpace an answer to the current demand for “third-space” work areas between home and office.

“This partnership with Westfield reflects our companies’ shared vision on how real estate operators can continue to expand their offerings to serve their customer base,” Simon said.