Cover Led by hospitality, the One Marina Boulevard concierge team offers tailored measures (Image: Courtesy of Arcc Spaces)

With premium amenities and holistic designs focused on providing comforting and conducive spaces, these co-working spaces in Singapore offer a creative alternative to working from home

This article was first written on July 7, 2021, and updated on November 26, 2021.

With remote working and flexible workspaces no longer an alien concept due to the pandemic, co-working spaces have risen as an attractive alternative to working from home. These versatile locations are no longer just catered to freelancers and startups. If you’re tired of working within the four walls of your abode and aren’t quite keen on cafe hopping, these flexible office solutions will provide a welcome change of environment.

From vibrant paint colours to ergonomic furniture, more design-conscious co-working spaces are appearing around the island. Each space also offers distinctive unique features, be it the location or the amenities available. With more human-centric and well-designed spaces than before, co-working offices are perfect for a day full of productivity, especially if you're getting a little less inspired from the WFH life.  

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The Great Room Afro-Asia

Luxury co-working space operator The Great Room believes that co-working is the future of work. They’re meeting the increased demand for flexible workspaces with their fifth Singapore location, which occupies 37,000 sqft across three floors in the Afro-Asia building at Robinson Road. The sprawling space—also The Great Room’s largest in Singapore yet—houses 50 dedicated offices, 16 on-demand hot offices, 41 hot desks, as well as an array of phone booths and meeting rooms for private conferences.

As per the other co-working spaces that the hospitality-led operator runs, The Great Room Afro-Asia is nothing short of luxurious. Designed by award-winning Hong Kong-based designer Joyce Wang, the sophisticated interiors take cues from the local greenery, following Wang’s desire “to create a treetop sanctuary in the heart of Singapore’s business district”.

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Rich green hues and calming blues are paired with warm wood. Lofty ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows allow ample daylight to stream in. Italian furnishings, such as the Husk armchairs from B&B Italia, bring elegance to the striking setting. A large mahogany table from homegrown craftsmen Roger&Sons occupies the central space, while marble slabs from local material supplier Hafary dress the walls and countertops with style.

Wellness also takes precedence at The Great Room Afro-Asia; a dedicated wellness room for meditation and sound healing as well as breastfeeding rooms—both a first for the operator—are available for members to use.

The Great Room Afro-Asia is located at 63 Robinson Road, Level 8, 7 and 6 | Tel: 6817 9590

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Arcc Spaces

Headquarted in Singapore, flexible workspace operator Arcc Spaces boasts over 20 boutique co-working spaces across five Asian cities. Designed by Formwerkz Architects alongside their chief executive officer Justin Chen, the latest flagship at One Marina Boulevard (OMB) spans 19,000 sq ft and takes up the entire 20th floor.

Located in the heart of the city’s buzzy financial district, the coworking space offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Marina Bay and the inner Central Business District areas. The contemporary space features more than 60 offices that can be tailored to your needs and requests. Besides serviced office suites, the flexible working space also offers hot-desking areas, fully-equipped meeting rooms, two pantries and a multi-functional event space. Designed to foster conduciveness and team productivity, the premium working environment embodies “a human-led design philosophy to craft spaces that feel welcoming, evoke senses, inspire ideas, and enhance work productivity.”

As per the other Arcc Spaces offices, the OMB co-working space is hospitality-driven. The expert concierge team offers bespoke requests for their clientele, whether its breakfast needs or facilities set-ups.

Arcc Spaces One Marina Boulevard is located at 1 Marina Boulevard, Level 20 | Tel: 6978 4068

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Previously a technology and innovation business club for C-Suites and business leaders, Spectrum has recently repositioned the brand as a co-working space. Housed on the fifth floor of Duo Tower, the newly minted workspace is targeted towards growth-stage companies that are seeking both a functional working office as well as a networking space to make connections and accelerate expansion.

Spectrum offers private offices furnished with ergonomic furniture from Herman Miller, as well as dedicated desks and flexible memberships. The workspace also offers a variety of themed meeting rooms and breakout areas for collaborations. A members-only bar, Door XXV, creates the perfect social setting for networking sessions or for those who are looking to simply unwind after work.

Spectrum is located at 3 Fraser Street, Duo Tower, #05-21 | Tel: 6911 4588

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Located in the trendy Robertson Quay area, Crane exudes a relaxed boho-industrial vibe. The members-based social co-working space is filled with a range of mid-century modern furniture alongside various rattan pieces and potted plants.

Crane is segmented into different zones to provide various needs. Heron, for example, is a hot-desking area designed to facilitate collaborative work, while Kingfisher is a spacious event zone ideal for seminars and workshops. The club also offers private rooms and other stylish workspaces.

Crane is located at 46 Kim Yam Rd, #01-06 | Tel: 9826 9498

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Gather Cowork

Designed with a focus on imbuing elements of wellness in the workplace, Gather Cowork occupies more than 12,000sqft over three floors. The holistic workspace is Cathay Organisation’s first foray into the co-working enterprise.

Its stylish interior is the work of homegrown design firm Takenouchi Webb. The husband-wife design duo utilised materials such as light oak, terrazzo, polished plaster, and cork to create a bright and relaxing work environment. The open space features lofty ceilings and full-length windows which fills the space with natural daylight. A soothing colour palette of pastel pinks, mint greens, and neutral hues was selected to deliver an elegant sense of calmness. 

Located near the Central Business District (CBD) area, Gather Cowork currently offers a variety of workspace options. Choose between a fixed desk, fully-furnished studio offices, bespoke suites and event spaces ideal for workshops and networking sessions. Plus, its pet-friendly policy allows you to bring your dog to work, so you don't have to worry about your furry friend feeling lonely at home.

Gather Cowork is located at 22 Martin Road, #03-01 | Tel: 6736 7222

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The Great Room

With locations in Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong, The Great Room is known for their attractive and sophisticated co-working spaces. Inspired by luxury hospitality spaces from the best hotels and business clubs around the world, the co-working offices are designed to present a deft balance between productivity and creative collaboration.

The Great Room currently has five co-working locations in Singapore; the venue at One George Street is the first branch in Singapore. Each of these spaces has been thoughtfully designed by esteemed design firms such as Michael Fiebrich Design and Hassell Studio. The stylish venues are all handsomely designed to promote inspiration, comfort and productivity.

The Great Room One George Street is located at 1 George St, Level 10 | Tel: 6816 8000

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The Working Capitol

Set foot in The Working Capitol, and you’ll be greeted by a contemporary co-working space. Situated in the vibrant Keong Saik neighbourhood and housed in a former biscuit factory, the unique co-working and lifestyle destination features a chic interior designed by Takenouchi Webb.

Comprising of multiple zones with various configurations, The Working Capitol offers a range of working stations from single booths to private offices. Takenouchi Webb painted all the walls white for a sleek, neutral background, before adding splashes of colour on different areas such as the staircases and doors for an energetic twist. Besides workspaces, the upbeat destination is also in close proximity to restaurants such as Man Man, Shake Shack and more, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options in the vicinity.

The Working Capitol is located at 1 Keong Saik Road | Tel: 6805 4001 

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WeWork Beach Centre

Known as one of the first few co-working spaces that revolutionised the flexible working phenomenon, WeWork has rapidly expanded globally with workspaces worldwide. At the core of downtown Singapore lies WeWork Beach Centre, a modern and upbeat co-working space.

With panoramic views and flexible facilities spanning three entire floors in a stunning glass building, the design-centric space is ideal for those seeking a trendy and creative workplace. Besides featuring 690 desks across several colourful areas, the members-only club also has dedicated spaces such as a wellness room for meditation or prayers, an assigned exclusive room for new mothers, as well as onsite showers for those wishing to freshen up after a morning workout session.

WeWork Beach Centre is located at 15 Beach Road | Tel: 6681 6768 

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The brainchild of interior design and architectural practice Paperspace, Paperwork is located in the National Design Centre. The coworking space features open-concept collaborative areas, a stocked pantry, and a bar as well as a material resource library with fabrics, books, and files for its members.

Aside from networking areas, hot-desking spaces, as well as dedicated desks and private offices featuring ergonomic desk chairs and task lighting, are also available. For those who fancy a breath of fresh air, the co-working space also features a balcony area for socialising and networking opportunities.

Paperwork is located at 111 Middle Road, #03-01 | Tel: 6904 8225

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The Work Project

First established in 2016, The Work Project has grown exponentially since then and currently has six local co-working offices under its belt. With a focus on creative individuals and new start-ups, The Work Project offers a variety of hot-desking spaces, dedicated desks, and private offices.

Designed by Hassell Studio, the flagship office at Asia Square features over 500 desks in more than 80 offices throughout the 41,000 sqft space. Drawing inspiration from luxury hotels, the flexible working space is outfitted with high-quality furniture fittings from Herman Miller and state-of-the-art internet security and privacy that’s catered to blue-chip corporate standards. The design team didn’t shy away from colour as well, sticking to a primary colour palette that’s accompanied by neutral shades of black and white.

The premium workspace also features a first-of-its-kind lush vertical garden landscape designed by renowned French botanist Patrick Blanc. Intriguing artworks and sculptures from Gallery Huue breathe extra life into the space.

The Work Project Asia Square is located at 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, #11-01 | Tel: 6955 8888

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