It wants to democratise the working experience across companies of all sizes.
The Working Capitol on Robinson, located at 140 Robinson Road, is the second co-working and lifestyle space for The Working Capitol, whose flagship location is at Keong Saik Road.
According to Benjamie Gattie, CEO and co-founder of The Working Capitol, the new location is a response to local and regional demand for a greater diversity of working options, including a wider array of inspiring, collaborative spaces and increased exposure to cross-industry networks.
"It is our vision to help democratise the working experience for companies of all sizes, and adding The Working Capitol on Robinson to our network gives an even greater range of companies the chance to experience a beautifully designed, dynamic work environment," says Gattie.
It occupies approximately 55,000 sf across 11 floors at 140 Robinson Road, providing options for businesses ranging from 1-200 people. Hotdesks, private offices, and duplex penthouses are available.
Some levels will be fully dedicated to a single organisation while other floors contain a mix of private workspaces for smaller companies, permanent desks in an open-plan environment, and hotdesking options for individuals and teams.
"We’re delivering on our desire to help large organisations have greater access to startup mindsets, and to give smaller companies the resources they need to grow and thrive," Gattie says.
The project was developed by leading design firm Hassell Studio, along with internal team members across community, operations, events and partnership teams, he adds.
Gattie notes that they have conducted extensive in-house research on optimal working environments and leveraging this, custom-designed areas for collaboration as well as quiet spaces and private meeting rooms that will be accessible to members.
Lifestyle elements, including exciting food and beverage options, a 20-meter outdoor lap pool, a gym space run by a boutique fitness provider, a sky garden, a bar and a member’s lounge are also available at the Working Capitol on Robinson. Events will also be a core component, with space available for hire and areas set aside for regular member gatherings.
According to Gattie, the biggest obstacle to get this office done was the doubt that they can transplant the spirit and attitude of their Keong Saik space to the ‘old’ CBD.
"We've had healthy discussions among the team and decided that the only way to go for it was to keep it 100% us - we owe this to our community and ourselves. Once we had clarity and alignment, everybody worked (and still works) hard to execute on the exciting plans we have for the space," he says.
He adds that since they opened almost two years ago, the Working Capitol community has become a platform for people, ideas, and businesses to grow.
"By expanding to Robinson Road, we’re giving more individuals and businesses the chance to experience the vibrancy and diversity that has come to define our culture," says Gattie. "It’s an honour to help shape a space that we believe will positively impact the way Singapore works."
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