Where to work, when home isn't working
Where to work, when home isn't working
- By SG Staff
- | Mar 07, 2018
Whether you’re a struggling entrepreneur, an aspiring startup or just someone who can’t get motivated working from home, these shared office spaces may be the answer.
For those used to hot-desking and minimalist spaces, this eight-storey building fits the bill. It has a dark, glossy lobby that's no stranger to buzzy corporate parties, and an open concept third level that's hosted the likes of Startup Grind and Elance, making it quite a focus for those on trend with the local scene. Individual desks go for $45 a day, $350 for 10 visits a month and $600 monthly, while a swanky office suite can set you back $700-990 per person.
There is now a new co-working space specifically for innovators at High Street Centre, offering sweeping views of Marina Bay Sands and Raffles Place. Expect industrial-chic chandeliers, a "wall of inspiration", and a wide selection of collaborative spaces such as dedicated and hot desks, as well as private offices.
A pleasing mix of design-meets-minimalism, co-working space District 6 has opened its oak wood doors conveniently in the heart of City Hall. The 10,000 sq ft space is designed with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors, but office decor is kept to a minimum, to allow tenants the freedom to personalize their space however they want. Open 24 hours, the work space offers flexi and fixed desks, private studios, private offices, small meeting rooms and dedicated phone booths, plus an event space that fits 100. A Kyoto-based specialty coffee bar is stationed in-house to provide your daily cuppa, complimentary to members.
This 15,000 sq. ft. stylish space with a blue-tan color scheme, hardwood floors, leather sofas and retro-chic touches was the first hospitality-themed co-working space when it opened back in 2016, and its sister outlet (see below) is the second. It features several individual hot desks in a shared space, all with pretty city views; hot offices that are enclosed and private; and dedicated offices furnished with storage, leather tasked chairs and timber desks. There's also a refreshment area that serves free coffee by Papa Palheta, and is the spot for their Monday Breakfast Club gatherings. Get a day pass starting at $70, or you can sign up to be a member from $750/month which gives you access to the hot offices, exclusive events, a business address and other members perks.
This co-working space occupying three shophouses is located right in the middle of hip HongKong Street. It regularly organizes networking events for members, creatives and entrepreneurs. Memberships start at $20 for a day pass that allows you access to desks, lounge seats and the rooftop cafe. For bigger teams, $800 gets you an office pass, which gives you a private office space, meeting room time and access to the rooftop cafe. They've also since opened The Hive Lavender on Kallang Junction, just a short hop away from Bendemeer MRT.
Occupying four floors of the Parakou building, this co-working space gives you a view of the city's skyline, and there are plenty of opportunities for collaborations and discussions with booth buddies. Among its amenities are a ping pong and foosball table. Their office spaces are filled with work furnishings, books and some '80s retro decor (we spy a Space Invaders wall mural and some old school arcade machines). There's also a pantry and a few meeting rooms, should you want to arrange meetings with clients. It's $50 to rent a desk for a day, but if you're in it for the long haul, the rent is $800 a month for a studio space.
This local innovation catalyst company—a collaboration between Unilever Foundry and Padang & Co—welcomes tech startups and entrepreneurs in Singapore all around the world to use their 22,000 sq. ft. workspace. Padang & Co designed and manages the space, which houses facilities like hot desks, phone booths, board rooms and event spaces. The space is also connected to Unilever’s headquarters, which will give you access to their events and programmes. Membership plans start from $275, which gives you 10 days' access to the workspace and Unilever Foundry programs, to $4500 for a six-member team suite plan, which provides you a company logo, individual lockers and more.
An original addition to the co-working space scene, Mox is Singapore’s first and largest independent design resource workspace—for creatives who could do with more than just hot desks and free charging points. Designed with the creative communities in mind, the self-touted co-making space provides novel facilities such as 3D printers, laser cutters, carpentry machines and working stations equipped with design software. There’s also a sewing room stocked with industrial-grade machines and a photography studio that comes with backdrop and lighting equipment, at added rental costs. For those in the handicraft and design industries, a retail storefront lets you display your works for sale. Plans range from $30/day for a day-pass to $500/month for a private office, so start-ups and businesses at any level can join to enjoy the facilities.
This is another one of the cool shared spaces at arts enclave Bras Basah, a huge 8,000 sq. ft. space with meeting rooms, kitchen areas, work stations, private desks, and even space for a spot of table tennis. It’s also user-friendly and accessible per-hour booking rates with work stations starting from $30 a day and going up to $600 a month. This space also lets you work late and is open round the clock.
Spacemob has two branches, one in Orchard and the other in Science Park. While the former boasts an accessible location, the (more recently opened) latter is housed in a new building called Ascent and caters to the people over at Kent Ridge area. The 14,000 sq. ft. space continues the bright, cheerful color tones used in the previous space, with pastel pink walls and other furniture in yellow, green, red and blue. Besides individual desks, there are also meeting rooms, a 60-seater event space and more. To spice up your work day, they serve coffee and snacks all day and do special events like Takeaway Thursdays. Membership starts at $50, or get on the for $580 package to get a fixed desk.
This New York styled industrial loft-inspired 2,500 sq. ft. public co-working space offers affordable hot desks at $45 per day, and permanent desks from $350 per month. They also have a stylish meeting sofa and table (available for booking), a modern kitchen, and an in-house photo studio for budding photographers—open for booking on weekdays and weekends, for a minimum of 2 hours, starting from $35 per hour.
In its newest branch in the OUE Downtown Gallery, Hong Kong-born The Work Project boasts a staggering 230 private workstations, 100 hot desks and 120 collaborating spaces—the largest inventory of facilities in the co-working scene in Singapore. Prioritizing design to improve work experience, the office space was decorated to the standard of five-star hotels. For $295 (part-time) or $450 (full-time) per month, members can enjoy refreshments from Japanese coffee brand Omotesando Koffee and food retailer The Providore while they work, as both have stations located within the space.
It takes over the historic AIA building and merges five shophouses into one giant co-working space. This space is open plan with lots of light from the shuttered windows, despite the fact that it's decked out in a mandatory white washed color scheme. The co-working space also has private offices and a dedicated events venue with a pretty flexible schedule: you can book on a daily basis or have a permanent space. It's also home to a cafe, The People Vs., with a selection of coffees, teas, breads and the likes. A day pass is $53.50 and $872.05 per month for a 24 hour access to a workdesk.
The second outlet of the minimalistic The Working Capitol on Robinson Road is an 11-storey establishment providing a variety of work stations that can fit up to 200 people. You get to choose from options like individual hot desks, privote offices and duplex penthouses, all designed by international firm Hassell and furnished by OpenDesk. Besides all the working spaces, this outlet also has various lifestyle facilities like F&B establishment Plain Vanilla, a 20-meter outdoor pool, a gym space by Ritual, a sky garden with a great view, a bar and a members' lounge. They have monthly membership plans from $255, which gives you access to a working seat for 10 days, full member benefits and member rates for events, $729 for a permanent table with lockable storage cabinets included and $995 for a private office space and complimentary meeting room bookings.
Located at the vibrant and bustling Circular Road neighborhood in a shophouse that dates back to the late 1800's, Tribe by TEC upholds the concept of "office without walls" across its 4,000 sq. ft. space, which has become a big trend among startup companies to allow workers to mingle and interact with one another. This two-floor open concept office has some quirky bits to it, with furniture like the lorry-shaped table, a colorful solo sofa, cork shelves and many more, which livens up the atmosphere of the office. Tribe offers 15 different offices with varying sizes and has a maximum capacity of 73 workstations.