BEST CO-WORKING SPACES: Collective Works
We spotlight Collective Works, founded to be a flexible and collaborative alternative to serviced offices for freelance, creative and entrepreneurial communities in Singapore.
Collective Works, after launching its first shared office space within the Globe at 100 Cecil Street five years ago, joined forces with property heavyweight CapitaLand to open a high-end outfit inside Capital Tower in mid-2016.
The company’s premium settings have drawn members including 500 Startups, an American venture fund and seed accelerator with global presence; recruitment agency 33 Talent; and Acuutech, a company providing turnkey IT solution delivered from the Cloud.
Beyond its premium specifications and technological infrastructure, the spaces at Collective Works are designed with productivity in mind, to facilitate connections and collaboration among fast-growing companies.
We take a closer look at Collective Works, which seems to run like clockwork.
WHO — The Creator
Ireland-born, internationally-bred Jonathan O’Byrne founded Collective Works. Before moving to Singapore, O’Byrne was the head of corporate communications at a Middle Eastern industrial company.
He started Collective Works because he saw a gap in the market when he was looking for a workplace in Singapore where he could meet other creative entrepreneurs. As an expat, he also realised the possible instability of his situation, making it hard to run a business with traditional business leases, and after working from home for two years, he wanted a change of scene.
WHY — The Purpose
Founded to be a creative, flexible and collaborative living network, Collective Works’ aim is to improve the social interaction between interesting and dynamic corporations in Singapore. Its entrepreneurial pool of members includes over 85 companies from more than 20 countries. The company also ensures that competitors will not share the same space.
O’Byrne said: “Collective Works hopes to supply the exponential surge in demand from entrepreneurs seeking more personal business solutions.”
AMENITIES — The Catalysts
The first outfit opened as a modest 2,500-square-foot space in late-2012 and it now spans five floors and more than four times its original area at the Globe. On the other hand, Collective Works Capital Tower amounts to 22,000 square feet of space, occupying the entire 12th floor of the Grade A office building. It also boasts sheltered access from Tanjong Pagar MRT.
The landmark property features innovative spatial design by Contrast Design, a Singapore-based startup, that uses efficient layout plans, the latest IT infrastructure and first-class fit-out with attention paid to ergonomics, ambience, lighting and acoustics.
Members get to enjoy shared work spaces, meeting rooms, private phone booths and huddle rooms in addition to communal pantries and chill-out lounges with awesome views of Singapore’s bustling CBD.
There are plenty of opportunities for members to collaborate with the co-op’s diverse and curated network of high performing businesses through an app, events and talks. Another asset of Collective Works is the presence of a dedicated onsite team, handling everything from IT upgrades and daily housekeeping to serving teatime treats to everyone in the office every Friday.