18 Sep Coworking spaces in Singapore: The coolest shared offices and hot desks for startups and freelancers
Given that Singapore is a startup hub, it’s no surprise that coworking spaces are thriving in the city. For SMEs, young businesses, lean teams and freelancers, membership-based workspaces tend to be easier on the budget, and they offer top-notch amenities, great-looking interiors and lots of networking opportunities. Here, we narrows down eight shared offices that stand out from the crowd.
If you want great facilities, try… The Working Capitol
When it comes to luxurious work spaces, The Working Capitol is hard to beat. Its first location on Keong Saik spans five historic shophouses, and is swathed in natural light in the day. There are three restaurants within its premises (members get special prices) as well as a cafe, a beer garden, well-stocked pantries, showers, outdoor terraces, phone booths, and beautiful event spaces. Just when you thought The Working Capitol can’t get any more inviting, it goes one up with its second 11-storey property along Robinsons Road, which boasts a 20-metre outdoor lap pool, a gym, a sky garden, as well as a cafe, restaurant and bar. A workspot (seat) starts from $255 a month, a fixed workdesk from $729 monthly, and private offices starting at $995 per person per month.
If you want a regional office, try… The Hive
Jostling alongside some of Singapore’s hippest bars and restaurants including original speakeasy 28 HongKong Street is this charming office, home to a diverse group of entrepreneurs, creatives and startups around the region. With seven locations in Hong Kong, one in Vietnam, three in Bangkok and one in Singapore, members get to work in any of The Hive’s offices at no additional cost. Membership starts from $30 for a day pass to $600 a month for dedicated workstations. Startups, writers, social enterprises, and young entrepreneurs (below 23 years old) also enjoy special rates.
If you want more bang for your buck, try… ClubCo
It may not be the cheapest, but ClubCo offers one of the best value-for-money, lifestyle-focused coworking memberships in the city. The rent you pay for your workspace is 100 percent redeemable on F&B, events, meeting rooms and other services. Which means your desk comes with coffees, meals, drinks and event space usage at no additional costs! There are three standard membership types – collaborative ($400 onwards with no dedicated desk), touchdown ($750 onwards to work anywhere in the premises, wherever available) and dedicated ($1,000 onwards for a fixed workstation and access to the full suite of services and amenities) – though packages can be customised to meet your business needs.
If you’re a craftsman, try… The Refinery Workspace
Makers require a different work setup from desk warriors. For one, they need more space for planning and constructing. Designed for the needs of craftsmen, The Refinery Workspace offers large drafting tables, a slick, industrial-inspired space and lots of natural light – perfect for taking Insta-worthy photos of your products. Fixed working tables start from $450 monthly, and members get free coffee and whisky.
If you’re big on style, try… The Great Room
This coworking space in the CBD caught the attention of renowned publishers including Inc, Robb Report, Business Insider and Wallpaper*, and it’s easy to see why. The swish interior design is courtesy of Matt Shang and Paul Semple of Hassell Studio, who have given the shared office the look of a smart, handsome lounge, complete with slick leather seats, marble table tops, dark hardwood floors and brass accents. More than that, members enjoy complimentary Papa Palheta coffee and tea, breakfasts on Mondays, weekly massages, and weekly yoga sessions. A day pass costs $70 a day, a virtual office (with corporate address and mail handling) at $$175 a month, a hot office at $750 a month, and a dedicated office from $2,500 a month.
If practical benefits appeal to you, try… Spacemob
As a Spacemob member, you’ll enjoy cool benefits like travel and software discounts, as well as special rates on courses at General Assembly (the school is a partner). The private office package also includes free health insurance, though lower-tiered members can add-on that option if they wish. In November last year, the company managed to raise a whopping US$5.5 million seed funding, so members can expect more locations and features in the near future.
If you want a family-friendly workspace, try… Trehaus
Can work days also be play dates? Trehaus says yes. Founded by four working mums, this warmly welcoming coworking space has childcare and learning facilities just next door, so you can be near to your little ones while at work. To help maintain a conducive environment for all members, work spaces are divided into adults-only zones and common areas for both parents and children to interact. Choose from two types of memberships: the Work package starts from $350 a month for 10-day access, the Work + Play option is priced at $800 onwards for 10-day access and dropoff at Trehaus Kids atelier. There’s also a Play package for those who just want daycare services for their children.
If you’re in the fintech business, try… Lattice80
This stylish workplace by private investment group Marvelstone is more than just a co-sharing office for fintech startups. Touted as the world’s largest fintech hub, Lattice80 is an independent, not-for-profit initiative that helps members prototype, develop and expand their business overseas. It also boast all-star partnerships with financial and technology firms such as IBM, United Overseas Bank and KPMG to provide solutions and services like API and cloud technology.