Co-working spaces are all the rage right now. But what are they, exactly? They are work spaces that also function as social spaces, and they’re ideal for freelancers, creative entrepreneurs and business owners who are looking for a beautifully designed space to work in or hold meetings, and network while they’re at it.
Singapore has a fair few co-working spaces in and around town. Whether you’re after a quiet cubicle or a more open and social space, you’re bound to find a place that suits your needs. Membership packages are flexible too, so it doesn’t matter whether you plan to be there every day or just drop-in occasionally.
The Hive Singapore, thehive.sg, Tel: 6532 2119
Located on New Bridge Road, near Clarke Quay MRT, The Hive Singapore occupies four floors of three converted shop-houses and offers a comfortable co-working environment. The space was designed by British company Alexander Waterworth to inspire creativity and productive collaboration.
Work in the heart of Orchard at this newly opened space at 8 Claymore Hill. Spacemob has an area 15,000 sq ft (that’s pretty massive!) and boasts ergonomically designed offices, flex desks, high-tech meeting rooms, and an in-house barista. On the social side, you can expect bi-monthly free lunches, workshops and networking events.
The Great Room Offices, thegreatroomoffices.com, Tel: 6816 8000
The main space looks like more like the inside of a posh hotel lobby, but who’s complaining? Located on the 10th floor of One George Street, The Great Room Offices was designed by Hassell Design Studio and features sumptuous leather sofas, brass detailing on the desks, and perks like free croissants and coffee on Monday mornings, warm cookies for those working late, and a range of private and public events.
Collision 8, www.collision8.com, Tel: 6250 7888
Created for innovators from a host of industries, Collision 8 is located on North Bridge Road, offering amazing views of Marina Bay Sands, the CBD, Boat Quay and Fort Canning Park. The area was designed to give its members the freedom to imagine, experiment and create, and encompasses common spaces like a library, a bar, a gallery and a cafe. Events include expert talks, masterclass workshops, private dinners, corporate innovation exchanges, and parties.
Trehaus Co-Work, trehauscowork.com, Tel: 9843 8077
Located across the street from Forum The Shopping Mall, Trehaus is Singapore’s first co-working space with child-minding facilities, making it ideal for working parents. Before you get to work in your private office or at your semi-private dedicated desk, you can drop your little ones off at the TrehausKids Atelier play space. Here, they can play, hang out with other kids or attend an enrichment programme.
The Working Capitol, theworkingcapitol.com, Tel: 6805 4050
This vibrant co-working space has a number of options, from private offices for up to 100 people to dedicated desks and flexible “hot” desks. In fact, it’s home to many local start-ups and multinational companies, like Hootsuite and Rutgers Business School Asia Pacific. The space spans three light-filled, historic shop-houses on Keong Saik Road, and offers a diverse range of social and professional events, from yoga to talks.
Woolf Works, www.woolfworks.sg
This co-working space on Carpenter Street is dedicated to women. Members of the rooftop office include freelancers, business owners, writers, remote corporate workers, flexi-workers, coaches, consultants and “thinking-about-it-preneurs”. Named after Virginia Woolf, author of the 1929 book A Room of One’s Own, Woolf Works is calm, quiet and conducive to really focused work.
Impact Hub Singapore, singapore.impacthub.net
With two locations – one on Prinsep Street and the other at Cuppage Terrace – Impact Hub Singapore is the go-to place for entrepreneurs and their collaborators who seek a platform for innovation, partnerships and solutions. Here’s where you can host board meetings, networking events, evening mixers, and even team off-sites.
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