Co-working spaces in Singapore: The best places for every creative freelancer and start-up to get their stuff done
Working outside the box
The Great Room
Where: There are three locations conveniently dotted around the city area: Centennial Tower, One George Street and Ngee Ann City.
Vibe: A sophisticated aesthetic meets high-end hospitality in this world-renowned space. Think polished marbles, shiny metallic surfaces and rich timbres contrasted against a highly graphic checkerboard stone pattern on the floor.
Who: For those who love the idea of mingling while working, but aren't willing to sacrifice their high standards of plush comfort and luxury.
Where: Located a stone's throw away from Outram Park MRT station as well as the hip-and-happening Keong Saik and Duxton neighbourhoods, members' club Straits Clan sits at 31 Bukit Pasoh Road.
Vibe: With four floors spanning 22,000 sq ft — the site of the former New Majestic Hotel has been repurposed into an exclusive members' club for the creative community. You might not get a whole lot done while you're at Straits Clan considering its boutique gym, splashy parties and a see-and-be-seen café but it would certainly be the most entertaining option on this list.
Who: Social cool cats, talk-of-the-town celebrities and anyone with an ounce of influence in this tiny country
The Hive Lavender
Where: Opened in early 2018, The Hive Lavender is a 5-minute stroll from Bendemeer MRT on the top floor of the brand new Vanguard Campus Building.
Vibe: The Hive Lavender prides itself on being a "maker-space", where co-working offices sit alongside photography studios and design workshops.
Who: Rub shoulders with mid-career creatives from a range of fields including architects, photographers, writers and sculptors.
Where: The most out-of-the-way on this list, this creative space sits on the ninth floor of an old industrial building alongside the Kallang River near Macpherson.
Vibe: Co-founded by The Sam Willows' Narelle Keng, 21 Moonstone is a bare-essentials space for emerging artists to do some heavy-duty conceptualisation during the day and then transforms into a gritty dive bar on selected evenings. Expect the unusual and unconventional.
Who: Bright young things with futures in art, music and design
Where: Positioned within the thriving food meccas of Joo Chiat and Katong areas, Mox is perfect for East-dwellers who are looking for a place to work hard and eat well.
Vibe: Started by the minds behind Art Box, Mox comes with plenty of resources and amenities besides Wi-fi and furniture: a fully-equipped photography studio, 3D printers, sewing machines and a wood-working workshop.
Who: Artisans, designers and craftsmen who are fascinated with the tactile nature of materiality including wood, concrete and textile.