“At The Great Room, we like to say, ‘It’s all work, it’s all play’”, begins CEO and co-founder Jaelle Ang. As a premium co-working space, The Great Room redefines the contemporary workplace. Taking inspiration from world-class hotels and business clubs, it weaves community with luxury to create a unique workplace environment built on hospitality.
“We believe that the future of work lies in viewing business and lifestyle as part of a continuum, rather than as separate entities to be juggled,” Ang continues. “We have designed spaces that blend work and leisure, from your morning cappuccino to last nightcap. This integration of work and play fosters a dynamic and engaging work environment that prioritises both productivity and well-being, bringing work and play seamlessly together.”
The result: an office where the work week starts with thematic breakfasts and complimentary barista coffee at the signature Monday Breakfast Club. Following this, work begins in private spaces perfectly optimised for productivity and designed to support efficient workflow. The lighting, for instance, has been curated in collaboration with experts to maximise focus while also ensuring members look presentable on virtual calls.
In the late afternoon, a special Turndown Cart, similar to a turndown service in a hotel, helps end the day on a sweet note with hot chocolate and cookies. There are plenty of events that members can look forward to as well, including monthly social sessions and a fireside chat series led by experts.
At the centre of The Great Room’s philosophy lies a focus on establishing genuine connections, and the importance of good design in facilitating this cannot be understated. Approaching design from a human-centric perspective, the workspace pays special attention to creating touchpoints that connect members, create opportunities and facilitate meaningful interaction.
“We know that the high-value part of work no longer takes place behind a computer. Heading to the office means being amidst others, having ‘casual collisions’ and pushing boundaries. These ‘water cooler conversations’ enable relationships to be formed and strengthened between members,” explains Ang.
Of course, an emphasis on design also means that these offices are some of the most beautiful workspaces around. The Great Room at South Bridge, for instance, is a converted historical shophouse that uniquely blends heritage with modern design elements—while its Afro-Asia location on Robinson Road looks at design through a sophisticated, biophilic lens, making use of recycled and upcycled materials. Indeed, it’s difficult not to be inspired when working out of such gorgeous spaces.
“We see that individuals are more aware than ever of the importance of time spent in the office, and want to make that time count,” Ang concludes. “For those who thrive on pushing boundaries and fostering creativity, The Great Room emerges as the ideal canvas where creatives can truly flourish. We create a space where individuals not only pursue professional endeavours but also cultivate a lifestyle enriched with talent, like-minded connections, and a vibrant blend of design and culture.”
Find out more about The Great Room here.