Tired of seeing the same few faces every day or simply lusting for a change in environment? With co-working spaces across the island amping up their amenities, it's no wonder that startups and corporate giants alike are ditching the sterility of regular offices. At these dynamic spaces, swap out your post-work spin class for an in-house yoga session or knock yourself out at the fully stocked pantries. Here's to increased productivity and not sneaking off at 6pm sharp.
For the mysterious
1880 rubs the wall between business and pleasure to its thinnest. Beyond secret suppers and exclusive parties, the members’ club moonlights as a co-working space. Aluminium capsule-shaped phone booths, meeting rooms and courier services are amongst the club’s corporate facilities. When work gets overwhelming, head over to the bar for a cocktail or squeeze in a massage at the in-house spa. It’s luxurious premises even houses a Recovery Room where members can enjoy some much-needed downtime. Driven by curiosity, individuality and authenticity, 1880 prides itself in being a place where spontaneous conversation is encouraged and new ideas are sparked.
For the high-spirited
Staying true to their mission of building a community within the workplace, WeWork frequently hosts networking sessions and quirky ad-hoc events. There’s even a WeWork app that allows members to keep in touch and receive regular updates from the community managers of the building. The vibrant space spans over 3 floors and features everything from soundproof phone booths to foosball machines. Stay hydrated throughout the day with free-flow citrus-infused water or craft beer – we won’t tell.
For the sophisticated
With offices like The Great Room, there’s no need for staycations – think of it as working out of the lobby of a 5-star hotel. Decked out in swatches of marble and brass, the establishment is doused in natural light and the floor-to-ceiling windows allow for unobstructed views of the Marina Bay cityscape. In desperate need of a perk-me-up? Keep an eye out for the turndown cart carrying treats like warm cookies and hot chocolate that’ll ease your day in the most decadent way possible.
For the introverted
Dubbing itself as a counter-narrative to the most co-working spaces, Silo provides a tranquil and meditative working environment for those who value personal space over small talk. Spread across three quaint shophouses, each private serviced office offers its own unique minimalist space – we’d expect no less from the interior design studio behind Lloyd’s Inn – and some even boast ensuite private pantries. When the midday slump kicks in, freshen up with the Aesop toiletries that the washrooms are stocked with.
For the collaborative
This office space isn’t like any you’d find in your average corporate building: Collision 8 aims to bring together innovators by providing a modern and collaborative workspace. The co-working office offers membership to entrepreneurs, corporates, investors and more, with a slew of welcome sessions, monthly check-ins and customised events to encourage cross-pollination across industries
For the business-minded
The co-working community occupies an entire level of Capital Tower – and, given its location in the CBD, it’s a draw for startups, entrepreneurs and freelancers alike. Designed to mimic a creative studio, Collectionworks has co-workstations, informal meeting areas and height-adjustable desks finished with touches of solid oak and leather. Choose between a regular desk in a shared space with 40 hours’ access or a dedicated desk with 24/7 access.
For the hipsters
Shake things up at The Co. at Duxton, where you’ll find naturally lit workspaces spread across two floors – there’re even garden spaces so you can work in the great outdoors, if you’re in need of a change of environment. Choose from a one-day pass or monthly package, or book one of six meeting rooms depending on your needs. Come lunchtime, you’ll have plenty to pick from with the myriad of eateries in the surrounding area. Or continue further down to Keong Saik or Tanjong Pagar for yet more food options.
For the creative
Located in a shophouse outfitted by local design studio Farm, this venue boasts shower facilities, a lounge, a Zen-inspired courtyard and a breezy outdoor terrace that doubles up as an event space. Monthly membership includes a private storage space, fibre optic internet, access to weekly socials and premium accounts on Slack to collaborate with fellow Workhouse mates, while those who only need the space on an ad-hoc basis can use its facilities for $40 a day.
For the minimalists
If you’re looking to escape the concrete and glass of CBD towers, head to The Hive. The concept’s already lain its presence in Bangkok and Hong Kong, and the Singapore branch posts four levels, including a rooftop café – plus 24/7 access to its members. There are also regular quirky events like film screenings and rooftop yoga sessions to look forward to.
For the pragmatic
The Amsterdam-established workspace occupies all 26,000 square feet of floor space spread over six levels, so its central location’s not the only reason you’d gravitate to it. Apart from dedicated desks, private offices and meeting rooms there’s business class membership that allows you the flexibility of working in any of the available areas in Spaces. Bonus: if you’re in need of a caffeine boost, fix yourself a free cuppa at either of its two Nespresso machines.