Coworking spaces are mushrooming all over Singapore. As our fellow entrepreneur Paul Jansen from ResumeShoppe proclaims, if you are a modern freelancer, solo entrepreneur or part of a small team, coworking spaces are built in your image.
The 14 spaces featured below offer plans for the busy keyboard warrior that cover 20 days of access per month for one person. Almost all the plans below are for shared desk space, so you won’t be able to leave your things overnight. The list below is sorted by by area. The areas are ‘Central’, ‘Orchard’ and ‘East’.
With central locations in Suntec City and Cecil Street, Centennial Business Suites offers both serviced offices and coworking spaces. Both locations are excellent though their contemporary corporate approach to decor means that break-out spaces and alcoves for impromptu meetings are absent. If you find ‘community’ to be an unnecessary distraction, keep your laser focus on work and give the Centennial facilities a go.
Collective Works has 2 central locations, Cecil Street and Robinson Road. More than the heart of the city, these spaces are part of the aorta of the CBD. The lounge is lit by floor-to-ceiling windows, and standing desks are available for the upstanding professionals among us. An excellent base for meeting marathons with companies in the CBD. Member networking events are also a major plus point.
JustCo is one of the fastest-growing coworking space providers in town. The decor is fresh yet soothing with neutral wood and stone hues. The Robinson Road location is especially noteworthy with a lounge featuring 2 storey floor-to-ceiling windows. Yoga and funding workshops are a weekly feature at JustCo.
The Hive Singapore
The Hive’s Clark Quay location is the latest addition to their network of spaces from Hong Kong to Bangkok. The space is situated opposite to The Central at Clarke Quay, and has a slew of regular events that consciously avoid networking, offering film screenings and small concerts. The syncretic fusion of work and play at The Hive is unexpectedly coherent. The antidote to corporatisation of startup culture.
Woolf Works (Permanently Closed)
Singapore’s first and only women-only coworking space, Woolf Works in Clarke Quay is a community-focused work space. The goal is to nurture and maintain a calm, focused, productive environment for women who need or relish the flexibility that a coworking space provides. Monthly mingling sessions, both public and private are available as well. Like the short-lived Fleet DB (the only schema-free database friendly to agile dev that we ever loved), parting is such sweet sorrow. Perhaps in the fulness of time, both will come back to us.
In a more serene corner of Orchard is Spacemob, offering a modern, essential coworking experience. What is lacking in finesse is made up for in value. Prices are competitive and perks such as showers, free coffee as well as community events are available.
Centennial Business Suites at Orchard and Somerset offers both serviced offices and coworking spaces. Like Suntec and Cecil, the location is excellent though the contemporary corporate approach to decor is at odds with a tech startup aesthetic. For companies doing business with more traditional-minded partners though, the facilities may well form a more positive impression.
Big Work has a relatively open space dotted with lots of seats and tables in a variety of formats – low tables, regular work desks, sofas. There’s also a Huggs cafe to boot. The space, owned and operated by ERC, a local business school, is close to Bras Basah and Bugis MRT stations. It is one of the few spaces offering a dedicated work desk for under $600.
With locations at Jalan Besar (Lavender MRT) and Geylang, Cowerkz is in the gritty, authentic heart of Singapore hipsterdom, surrounded equally by chic cafes and noodle stalls from the 1950’s. Surprisingly, Cowerkz has a functional, almost spartan approach to decor. Spaces are well-lit and furnished with sturdy recliners, but without extravagance.
The space may not be much to look at, but the add-ons are generous. Mail handling as well as storage space are available for those who see this as a priority. Genuine proximity to Aljunied MRT station (4 minutes walk) is a draw as well for enthusiastic walkers.
Nestled in bustling Bugis is PlusConcept Space, a stylish coworking space decked out in blacks, whites, and mahogany / steel shades. Pricing is competitive, and the space also offers virtual office, mail scanning (for access via in-house app), business support services and still has room for community events. A delightfully competitive and innovative space.
The only work space dedicated to artists and craftsmen of all stripes, Mettle Work is not for the corporate keyboard warrior. Here are work benches, modelling spaces, sawdust. There are spaces to meet and write, but that is not what Mettle Work is for.
Work House is easily one of the most beautiful coworking spaces on the list, and the only one located in the neighbourhood of Little India. There is a small central courtyard covered with black stones, pierced by 2 slender trees that are lit from below at night. Greys and blacks in the interior give way to a splash of colour on the rooftop terrace, with multi-coloured furniture dotting the area. Community activities are regular, and proximity to the best indian food in Singapore can’t hurt either.