Earlier today, I swung by The Hive Singapore, a brand new co-working space located on Hong Kong Street, for “Try Out Tuesday,” wherein non-members can work at the space for free from 8AM to 8PM.
The Hive was founded in Hong Kong by Constant Tedder and now has five locations in that city, including MakerHive, a space for makers and designers, and The Hive Studios, a space for photographers, and in Bangkok, as well as locations soon opening in the Philippines and China (or so I was told by The Hive’s staff).
The Hive Singapore is huge; it occupies four floors of three combined shophouses and is much larger than any of the other co-working spaces that I’ve visited (Woolf Works, Trehaus, Work Lor). It is a beautiful, light-filled space with functional furniture and a hipster techie vibe in a great location (near an MRT and walking distance to the CBD). The Hive Singapore also has a lot more offices and meeting rooms than I’ve seen in smaller co-working spaces; these are likely to attract small businesses looking for space, rather than independent freelancers (like me).
Its membership costs are competitive, IMO. At The Hive Singapore, hotdesk and rooftop cafe access for five full or ten half days per month (12 hours per day) is SG$120 and ten full or 20 half days per month is SG$260. Full time, dedicated, and office memberships are also available, but were of less interest to me, so I didn’t note the prices! The Hive Singapore members can also visit/work from any of the company’s other locations in Asia.
UPDATE: The Hive Singapore offer full-time writers special reduced rates, up to 20% off various memberships in exchange for mentions of the Hive on social media platforms, etc. Let them know which membership plan that you’re most keen on!