In line with markets in the West, Asia is embracing the shared economy, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017 – Asia Pacific report by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC.
The last 12 months have seen a spike in the adoption of co-working spaces, either as standalone businesses that rent open-plan office facilities to individual or corporate users, or on a corporate basis, as large companies scrap conventional office layouts and embrace hot-desking and collaborative working environments.
In Singapore, there are quite a number of cool co-working spaces that caters to start-up entrepreneurs. Such arrangements let you rent a desk at a relatively cheaper rate and get inspired along with other entrepreneurs!
So, here are the five cool places to check out!
1) The Working Capitol
At first glance, you will be welcomed by a calming ambience accompanied with oodles of natural lights. There are private workspaces, collaborative workspaces for team players as well as permanent work stations. On top of that, you get to enjoy both flexibility and personalisation as you can create your own working environment.
Beyond the environment, beer is also readily available should you experience a bad day.
On the whole, The Working Capitol provides you an alternative via grabbing a desk wherever and connecting to like-minded entrepreneurs.
Workhouse is designed for startups and small business. It aims to be the bridge that links creative collaborations between community members. There, much emphasis is placed on entrepreneurship, diversity and working with a social directive.
Another interesting trait is the opportunity to meet other like minded people in an informal setting. In terms of its interior design, Workhouse has designed ingenious metal house-shaped structures to keep things light and open 24 hours a day.
Similar with The Working Capitol, Workhouse provides flexibility for entrepreneurs to work at anytime they choose to do so.
3) Woolf Works
This workspace is the latest addition to the co-working scene that caters for busy working women who need a calming ambience.
Woolf Works is aptly named after Virginia Woolf. She was the one who declared that all women needed their own personal space in order to produce good art together.
Hence, Woolf Works users can utilize desk spaces that can accommodate at least 6 people per table. Power outlets, Wifi, printing facilities and a free flow of coffee and tea are provided.
4) The Co.
Located in the Central Business District (CBD), The Co. is housed within a black and white interior design. This design has bagged home the Singapore Design Awards for Design Excellence and Commercial Space.
It identifies itself as a power house that derives energy from passionate people and their collaborations. Space wise, they provide a variety of meeting space types that cater to both formal and informal settings.
5) The Hub
The Hub is often known as the original co-working space for entrepreneurs in Singapore.
It holds a community of approximately 500 like-minded people across 63 spaces worldwide. The design of the space contains a very earthly element and this is due to its wooden tables and orange-brown floors.
In this office, you will find co-working spaces, learning opportunities, mentors and a collaboration platform that supports the search for co-founders, partnerships and friendships. In addition, the area facilitates lively discussions and offers a happy office vibe for you to work in.
Given our society’s mad rush for deadlines, work has been nothing but stressful for all of us. Now that alternatives are readily available, it is time to check them out!