If you’re a Mark Zuckerberg in the making or a working mum looking for some quiet me-time away from home, these cool co-working offices around town will surely send your productivity through the roof
Working from home in comfy PJs sounds like the ideal office situation, but it can also spell trouble when you’re trying to meet deadlines. Resist the temptation to camp out at your local Starbucks or hipster cafe, and check into fancier, more constructive digs with these cool co-working spaces in Singapore. Goodbye procrastination and hello productivity!
The Working Capitol
Housed in a historic Art Deco-style building along Keong Saik Road, The Working Capitol is a beautifully appointed space – complete with calming, minimalist decor and oodles of natural light. The amenities are nothing short of stellar, with an in-house café, screening rooms, private phone booths, and even a beer garden for after-hours fun. Depending on your working needs, rates start from $150 for a Workspot. Also, great news for fans of the space: it’s just opened a brand new location in the heart of the CBD. The Robinson Road outlet is spread across eleven floors, and looks set to be as conducive a space as its original location. Its custom-designed areas fits all sorts of working needs, including quiet focus, recharging and collaboration. It’s also made to feel like a home away from home, with showers, a 20 metre lap pool, a gym as well as a cafe, restaurant and bar.
The Working Capitol, Two locations in Keong Saik Road and Robinson Road.
ClubCo truly is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Tucked away cosily on Cross Street, it ticks all the boxes: the modern concept space kitted out with contemporary furniture by BW and even better: it’s open to anyone – just purchase a cuppa Joe or a tasty snack from the in-house café, and you can enjoy the facilities for free. But what really cinched the deal for us is its handy location: just a stone’s throw away from Club Meatballs!
ClubCo, #01-05/06, 20 Cross Street, Level 1 atrium China Square Central (China Court), Singapore 048422
Attention, aspiring #girlbosses: Woolf Works is Singapore’s first women-only co-working space dedicated to developing female business leaders – awesome stuff. What’s even cooler is the space’s chic interiors – a beautiful space to host events such as Pilates classes and sketchbook art classes from time to time. Rates range from ‘Lite-timer’ (one day per week for $200 per month) or ‘Citizen Woolf’ (three days per week for $400 per month).
Woolf Works, 19 Carpenter Street, #05-01, Singapore 059908.
The Refinery Workspace
Proving that co-working spaces aren’t just for white-collar professionals, The Refinery Workspace is a dedicated workshop space for creative craftsmen who work with their hands. With drafting tables littered around the minimalist space, tenants will get access to equipment and the chance to collaborate with other artisans. And yes, there’s even a grill bar downstairs – perfect for winding down after work with tipples and bar bites.
The Refinery Workspace, 115 King George’s Avenue, 208561, p. 6293 1204
It’s easy to see why The Co is so popular – its two locations boast major swank factor. Over at its High Street location, there are eight levels (!) of space, which means ample room for all workspaces – ranging from pods to breakout spaces, meeting rooms, and even private offices for larger enterprises – and three event venues for networking opps. Its Duxton location is no less of a winning work space, with its greenery, abundance of natural light and chic interiors.
The Co, Locations at 75 High Street and 99 Duxton.
Despite its less-than-glamorous surroundings (in an old small-scale manufacturing neighbourhood in Lavender) Make Space is a collaborative space that feels like a home away from home – sans distractions. Besides the sweet amenities like indoor bike parking, showers (!), Nespresso coffee, and personal lockers, Makespace’s key selling point is its cosy, café-esque pantry – perfect for a breakfast meeting or company drinks. Rates range from $30 a day to $375 per month for a desk.
Makespace, 318C King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208563, p. 6293 6275.
Located in The Quadrant, a heritage building that began life as the regional headquarters for the Kwangtung Provincial Bank more than 80 years ago, Springboard houses cool architecture and a still-functional old gated elevator (score!). The unconventional co-working space surrounded by skyscrapers is a welcome respite in the CBD, and is located just one floor up from European bistro The Black Swan – how convenient! And did we mention the private rooftop?
Wotso WorkSpace, #04-00 The Quadrant at Cecil Street, 19 Cecil Street , Singapore 049707, p. 9008 7947.
Hands up if you’re a working parent struggling to get the job done. Singapore’s first family-friendly co-working space is a godsend for harried mums and dads. The swish set-up includes child-minding and learning facilities alongside varied work areas for different levels of privacy. Everything you need is here for a fruitful day of work: private offices here for meetings and client calls, a sunny deck for socialising with like-minded parents, and a kitchenette with drinks and snacks. As for the little ones, there’s plenty to do, with painting and sensory play amongst the many activities provided.
Trehaus, #03-01 Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879.
Not content with being just a gorgeous co-working space, Just Co takes the competition up a notch with its entertainment factor. Meeting rooms and a well-stocked pantry aside, the breezy space is also home to a ping pong table and an arcade room for you to blow off steam after a long day of work. Also, bonus points for its central location amongst bars, gyms, fab restos and MRT stations.
Just Co, Locations in Robinson Road, Raffles Quay, with two new ones in UIC Building and Marina One
With two studios under its wing, Smart Space is no minor player amongst co-working spaces here. Its Clementi location at Enclave Hostel is geared towards entrepreneurial students and young start-ups (yup, you can even slog overnight here). But it’s its sprawling 8000-square feet Bras Basah locale that’s best suited for the CBD bees, with meeting rooms, showers, kitchens and even a table tennis area. Rates are reasonable, at $30 a day and up to $600 a month.
Smart Space,#03-32/36, 261 Waterloo Street, Singapore 180261.
The Great Room
Most of us can only dream of an office as cosy as home. Good news for hot deskers: your wish is granted, thanks to Asia’s first hospitality-inspired co-working space. Recently opened in One George Street, the envy-worthy space boasts chic Mad Men-inspired interiors with its rich, tan colour palette, sumptuous leather sofas, sleek timbre desks and brass-finished shelves. You’ll be cared for in this space; complimentary brekkies (with freshly brewed Papa Palheta coffee – available all week) and 10-minute massages are available on Mondays. And if you’re working late, a turn down cart makes its rounds to reward hard workers with warm cookies.
The Great Room, 1 George Street #10-01 Singapore 049145.
Best for designers and photographers, this industrial loft-style space features a handy studio space. All of a shutterbug’s needs are catered to here, including affordable studio rates (an average of $35 per hour for minimum two), extra support from a junior photo assistant, as well as lighting and equipment rental. The working space on the second floor is equally affordable, with hot desks available at $45 a day, or between $350 and $600 a month.
Sparkk Space, Oxley Bizhub 2, 62 Ubi Road 1, Studio 03-17, Singapore 408734.
A prestigious location in the heart of the CBD? Check. Premium interiors? Check – solid oak, leather and a linen interior game. But what truly separates Collective Works from the rest of its pack is its thoughtful environment. All of its seating are certified ergonomic, desk heights are adjustable, overhead lighting is carefully adjusted to minimise glare and low VOC (low-level toxic emissions) paints are used for its walls.
Collective Works, Locations in Capitol Tower and Cecil Street.
Newly opened curatorial space K+ isn’t just a quirky retail space; it also houses K+ community: a co-working space where art and design creatives can freely mingle, interact and work separately as a like-minded community. It even doubles up as an exhibition space to showcase the work of local art schools and associations, with pop-up bazaars happening now and then.
K+ Curatorial Space, #03-11/12/13 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209, p. 6694 8896. Open daily 11.30am-8.30pm.
Specially catered to innovators, Collision 8’s space regularly hosts an interesting mix of entrepreneurs. With its sleek interiors, this place creates an inspiring environment for members to experiment and create as they wish. Panoramic views of the Marina Bay skyline greet visitors in its workshop space, while common spaces like its library and lounge are nothing short of decadent.
Collision 8, 1 North Bridge Road, #08-08, Singapore 179094. Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat 8am-1pm.
Occupying four floors of three combined shophouses, The Hive Singapore is the latest addition to its lineup of Asia locales (which includes Bangkok and Hong Kong) with more in the works. This spells good news for frequent jetsetters; members are entitled to Hive Passports, which allows you access to all of its other locations. Bonus if you’re a budding entrepreneur: the space regularly hosts networking events, ranging from informal drinks to specialised meet-ups.
The Hive, 59 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059405, p. 6532 2119.
Spacemob’s got all the right bases covered: An accessible location in Orchard Road, cosy workspaces and assorted facilities (meeting rooms with smart TVs, whiteboards, projectors and speakerphones) as well as an on-premise barista to keep you fuelled with cuppas. The benefits don’t stop there either; teams receive free health insurance, members have access to partner privileges as well as corporate hotel rates for travels.
Spacemob, Locations in Claymore at Orchard Road and Ascent at Science Park.