Pride of Singapore: Co-working Spaces
Singapore’s limited space, and our shift towards entrepreneurship and collaboration, have made shared co-working spaces more attractive than ever for professionals. With more and more emerging to accommodate the booming demand, we look at some of the best co-working spaces available on our little red dot.
The Great Room
Presentation rooms, workshop areas, sleek leather furniture, and customised wall art – The Great Room melds hotel lobbies with functional offices to present a hospitality-inspired workspace. Spanning the entire 10th level at One George Street, this luxurious setup features extensive facilities that range from a yoga studio to private telephone booths.
It currently hosts more than 100 businesses from various fields, including finance and investment, technology, and design amongst the mix. Professionals can choose amongst four different types of memberships in procuring their ideal workspace, from a temporary Day Pass to a Dedicated Office fit for twenty.
In addition to assorted workspaces, The Great Room also offers technical and event support, with a specialised hospitality team and access to varied planning resources.
Work and play coexist harmoniously in this 4,000 square feet co-working space, which opened at Claymore Connect last February. Trehaus is Singapore’s first and only family-friendly shared office, featuring the Workspace for adults and the Kids Atelier for their children, where child-minding services and enrichment programmes are available.
The Workspace is well equipped with office facilities, including individual workstations, meeting rooms, high-speed Internet, and a common printer. While this area is designed for optimum concentration, the Kids Atelier caters to the budding imagination of children. Highlights include a reading nook, an art and mess corner, and a pretend play corner, all of which are manned by trained facilitators to give parents a peace of mind while they work.
This co-working space boasts natural lighting and custom-made furniture, as well as a convenient location just opposite Clarke Quay MRT. Converted from three shop houses, The Hive Singapore offers workspaces in the form of desks, private offices, and five different meeting rooms. Events and talks are hosted at their rooftop café, where members can mingle with and meet potential friends and working partners.
The Hive further incentivises entrepreneurial endeavours by offering special membership rates for start-ups, writers, social enterprises, and young entrepreneurs. Members are also issued a Hive Passport that allows free access to other Hive branches located in Bangkok and Hong Kong. Those contemplating shared offices can reserve a spot for their Try Out Tuesdays, and drop in to use the space for free from 8am-8pm.
True to its name, this chic space near Clarke Quay MRT is one of curated collisions. Having hosted start-ups such as Carousell and Ninja Van, the community features innovators from varying backgrounds, where members are assessed based on their desire to innovate and collaborate. Facilitated introductions and customised matchmaking are amongst the mechanics put in place to promote cross-industry collaboration.
Entrepreneurs and start-ups can look towards the parties and workshops hosted at Collision 8, as well as the guest talks presented by experts of various fields. In addition to the social spaces, private Studio offices are also offered for those requiring a solitary workspace. Professionals can expect a variety of membership types, from 5 days of co-working a month with Lounge Light to a fully customised space with Bespoke.
A trend Canon has been aware of is the rise of SMEs and startups in Singapore, with many of our BIS products providing solutions tailored to the challenges of these businesses. With the advent of SMEs, the co-working trend in Singapore is picking up as well, and understandably so with the range of benefits offered. These shared offices double as social spaces for professionals, providing networking opportunities and a creative space for discussion and the generation of ideas. While start-ups and freelancers currently constitute the majority of the co-working community, corporations can also consider adopting this new style of working. This can provide employees with a working environment customised to their needs, thereby improving organisational productivity.
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