Hottest Co-Working Spaces in Sg

SG Magazine
The 21 hottest co-working spaces in Singapore
30 August 2018

Where to work, when home isn’t working

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.

21Moonstone

Touting itself as one for the millennials, this co-working space by day and dive bar by night (on Fridays and Saturdays) takes over what was once an industrial canteen and has converted it into a hangout for creatives. A dedicated personal desk goes for $500 a month, while a hot desking package costs $150 for eight days of use per month. Did we also mention The Sam Willows’ Narelle Kheng is one of the co-founders?

clubco_singapore

ClubCo

Ever needed a co-working space on-demand? This centrally-located collaborative space lets you drop in and drop out whenever you want with flexible passes and plans ($35-$500), while still allowing more permanency with dedicated memberships ($750-$1500). Best part? You can redeem your paid value at adjoining restaurant and bar Club Meatballs, meaning you get to enjoy great food and drink for free, technically.

the_co_singapore

The Co.

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.

Collision 8

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.

Core Collective

This community working space for fitness, health and wellness professionals spans across several floors of 79 Anson Road. Rather than the usual desks and meeting rooms, you’ll find a fully-equipped gym, yoga studios, consultation rooms, and even a boxing ring. Joining fee varies depending on the type of professional service you offer. Or just join as a member to use the facilities and attend classes.

district_6

District 6

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.

the_great_room_one_george_street

The Great Room

They first opened a 15,000 square feet, stylish space at One George Street in 2016, decked in a blue-tan color scheme, hardwood floors, leather sofas and retro-chic touches. Now, the hospitality-themed co-working space has three venues in town—one at Centennial Tower and another at Ngee Ann City—all featuring jaw-dropping city views as you work in hot desks, dedicated offices, or communal areas decked in plush leather. 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 member perks.

the_hive

The Hive

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.

just_co

JustCo

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.

level3

LEVEL3

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.

mox

MOX

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.

NuSpace by Nulab

The only one to provide a free space (yes, free) to work from, NuSpace at Changi Business Park is perfect for remote working on the fly without the burden of commitment—and it doesn’t end there. A fully-stocked pantry with free coffee, tea, water and snacks is also available, as well as free WiFi, foosball table and plenty of networking opportunities with free tech talks, workshops and other events being regularly organized. The only catch? It’s free for one year for all Nulab account member signups (which is also free) only.

paperwork

Paperwork

Occupying half the third floor of the National Design Centre, Paperwork is a co-creation venue opened by design studio Paperspace. It has a maximum capacity of 60, spread across standing desks, hot desks, meeting areas and private offices. Movable partitioning and modular furniture make redecorating to accommodate meetings, working capsules and private spaces easy. Prices range from $40 for a day pass to $1,700/month for your own private suite.

smartspace_singapore

Smartspace

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

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.

Sparkkspace

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.

WeWork

There are already many branches of WeWork in Singapore, with more openings in the works, making them one of the most prevalent co-working brands in town; and around the world for that matter. Besides gaining access to this global network by being a member with them, other reasons to choose WeWork include 24/7 office access, trendy working areas, and a pantry well stocked with fresh fruit water, micro-roast coffee and craft beer on draft. Prices vary according to location, ranging from $520/month for hot desking to $1250/month for a private office space.

The Work Project Downtown

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.

The Working Capitol

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_working_capitol_robinson

The Working Capitol on Robinson

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.

TRIBE by TEC

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.

#Sg #singapore #singapura #thelioncity #littlereddot

Advertisements
Hottest Co-Working Spaces in Sg

Raffles Stole Singapore

The Spectator
How Raffles stole the jewel of Singapore
Alex Colville
27 January 2018

The true founder of Singapore, the humane and diplomatic William Farquhar, has for centuries been unjustly eclipsed by his bullying, reckless superior

BOOK REVIEW:
William Farquhar and Singapore: Stepping out from Raffles’ Shadow
Nadia H. Wright
Entrepot Publishing (Malaysia), pp.258, £27.91
rs_0_170629_1739543954_pg16

Accounts of the founding of the British Empire once echoed the pages of Boy’s Own, featuring visionaries, armed with a flag, a faith and a funny hat, arriving in exotic lands untouched by civilisation. Overcoming great odds, they would kick-start the regions’ histories, show the locals the proper way to live and extend the imperial pink on the map a few inches before sailing off into the history books. Cook in Australia, Rhodes in Africa, Clive in India: in the popular imagination, the Empire was built by remarkable men, all by themselves.

Singapore was no exception — and the myth endures to this day. Stamford Raffles continues to dominate its pedestals, revered as the inspired founder who built an international trading enclave from the island swamp at the foot of the Malay peninsula where he disembarked in 1819.

Into this dusty tale Nadia Wright throws a much-needed stick of revisionist dynamite. Raffles is here portrayed as a reckless, inept opportunist, a bully and a hypocrite, who stole the crown from the man actually responsible for building the entrepot. Spare a thought for Raffles’s second-in-command, a tall, gentle Scotsman named William Farquhar.

Most versions place Farquhar at the margins of the story, presenting him as the bumbling, incompetent caretaker of Raffles’s brainchild for the first three years of the territory’s history, wandering around in military uniform with his stick and his dogs. But without him, Wright argues, Singapore would never have survived.

Although some new research has allowed Farquhar a greater role, Wright goes into unprecedented detail in this respect, having sifted through piles of East India Company documents to unearth the truth. Farquhar, it is immediately obvious, was far from incompetent. In his previous post as commandant of Malacca, he had only been expected to oversee this Dutch possession while the Netherlands were occupied by Napoleon. Yet he managed to turn around the Malay state and its capital entirely, creating substantial profits after years of losses.

The great range of merchants who traded there — Arab, Indian, Chinese, Malay and European — affectionately knew him as the ‘Rajah of Malacca’; and news that Farquhar was to run the show in Singapore in the early 1820s gave more than 5,000 of these merchants the confidence to leave their homes in Malacca and risk settling in the fledgling trading post. So concerned were the Dutch, they even blockaded the harbour to prevent a mass exodus.

Farquhar’s secret in both settlements was to cooperate closely with the local population, using his expert knowledge of Malay culture and politics developed over 25 years in the East. He promoted trading relations by networking with the different communities of south-east Asia and often acted as a cultural go-between, explaining to the British why certain actions in Malacca would upset the Malays and suggesting diplomatic alternatives. He did everything possible to make Singapore appeal to local traders, even permitting gambling and opium dens, provided a licence was paid — which ended up funding the Singapore police.

That Farquhar’s role has been neglected for so long is extraordinary. But the more remarkable part of the story is that Singapore exists at all. From the start, Raffles did not inspire confidence. Singapore was considered just one in a long line of failed settlements that he had attempted to found in the South China Sea. His superiors in the East India Company despaired of anything he touched, and refused to back the project. He had caused diplomatic headaches in the past by trying to settle in Dutch territory, and his spell as lieutenant- governor of Java between 1811 and 1816 had haemorrhaged money. To one frustrated colleague he was ‘a man who sets a house on fire, and then runs away’.

When Raffles departed Singapore a few months after his arrival in 1819, he left Farquhar understaffed, underfunded and under-stocked, having issued hopelessly impractical orders to be carried out in his absence. Farquhar was directed to obtain supplies from Raffles’s command post six weeks’ journey away, rather than from another British port only eight days’ distance, whose governor Raffles disliked. That Farquhar managed to build up Singapore from scratch in these conditions is all the more impressive.

But keen to safeguard his legacy, Raffles returned almost four years later and removed Farquhar from his post on exaggerated, misleading and hypocritical charges, about which he kept him in the dark to prevent him organising a defence. These charges, and a later glowing memoir by Raffles’s widow, resulted in the two men swapping roles in the history books. Still dotted across the island are streets, squares, statues, schools, museums, libraries, the famous hotel and even a lighthouse all stamped with the name of Raffles. But there is not a single memorial to William Farquhar.

It is a pity that Wright focuses so narrowly on Farquhar’s desk job, as the glimpses we have of his personal life are intriguing. He soon dispensed with his uniform in favour of looser garments, and his household included a pet leopard, a tame tapir (which would arrive at the dinner table hoping for cake) and even a Malay mistress. Being a keen naturalist, he also commissioned Chinese artists to paint a magnificent series of watercolours, illustrating the fauna and flora of Malacca and Singapore, now preserved as the Willliam Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.

Clearly, he was a man devoted to the East and fascinated by its ancient, flourishing civilisations. Instead of remaining aloof, he chose to interact with the local population almost to the point of assimilation. This book, not to mention the existence of Singapore itself, is a reminder of how profitable this attitude could be. Going native didn’t always lead to the Heart of Darkness.

Raffles Stole Singapore