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Walking Down Singapore’s Heritage Lane: 6 Workspaces To Explore

Just yesterday, Singapore celebrated its 56th birthday. Despite its youth, Singapore’s shores reveal a long past rich in history and heritage. Beyond its winning reputation of a modern world-class business hub, the island nation is also a vibrant and unique multicultural hub teeming with activity.

In this article, we take a closer look at the historical surroundings around some of Deskimo’s workspaces. Let’s take a trip down Singapore’s heritage lane!

Heritage Buildings: The Working Capitol

This chic and spacious coworking space was once an old biscuit factory.

The Working Capitol was one an old biscuit factory

Despite the city’s rapid transformation, Singapore has retained a fair share of heritage buildings to pay homage to its past. The historical exterior of these heritage buildings are now home to a host of diverse retailers, restaurants, museums and coworking spaces.

Work at The Working Capitol for $6.80/hr

  • Located at 1 Keong Saik Road, #02-00
  • Outram Park is the nearest MRT station
  • Features: Free Wifi, complimentary coffee and tea, naturally lit work desks and spacious lounge areas

Raffles Place Central Business District: The Executive Centre

Located on the 37th floor of the Ocean Financial Centre, The Executive Centre Ocean Financial Centre overlooks the Raffles Place Central Business District (CBD).

The Executive Centre, Ocean Financial Centre overlooks the iconic Singapore CBD area

During Singapore’s colonial days, Raffles Place was initially designed and developed in the 1820s to be a commercial square to service the commercial district of the Singapore Raffles Town Plan. Today, it still serves Singapore’s commercial and business needs and is home to many conglomerates and major banks

Work at The Executive Centre Ocean Financial Centre – S$3.80/hr

  • 10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, Level 37
  • Raffles place is the nearest MRT station 
  • Features: Free Wifi, complimentary coffee and tea, naturally lit work desks and lounge areas

Singapore River and Marina Bay Area: Arcc Spaces One Marina Boulevard 

Arcc Spaces One Marina Boulevard (OMB) overlooks the Singapore River currently lined with towering skyscrapers and iconic landmarks such as the Marina Bay Sands.

Arcc Spaces OMB has a bird’s eye view of the Marina Bay area

However, the river holds a much longer historical significance. It tells the tale of Singapore’s stunning transformation from a quiet fishing village to a bustling metropolis over just 56 years. The Singapore River once saw traders from all over the world come to its shores – many of whom chose to call Singapore home.

Work at Arcc Spaces One Marina Boulevard for $5.10/hr on Deskimo

  • Located at One Marina Boulevard, Level 20, Singapore 018989 
  • Raffles Place is the nearest MRT station
  • Features: Free Wifi, complimentary barista-brewed coffee, naturally lit work desks and lounge areas

Swiss Club

Founded in 1871, the Swiss Club is one of the most historic clubs in Singapore. It is a symbol of the extended history shared between the Swiss people and Singapore. 

The Swiss Club was founded in 1871

Originally known as the Swiss Rifle Shooting Club of Singapore, the club’s founder, Mr. Otto Aider, gathered with friends for serious shooting practice in the forest at Balestier Road.

Today, the club area comprises a total of 174,000sqm and is also home to the Swiss, German, Dutch and Korean Schools, the British Club and the Institute of Engineers. The Swiss embassy is also located on the same grounds.

Fort Canning Hill: MOX @ Oxley

MOX is located near Fort Canning Hill, a well-loved green space nestled in the heart of town. The park often sees plenty of picnickers and joggers during the evenings. 

MOX @ Oxley Rise is situated right next to the famous Fort Canning Hill

The hill is recognised to be an immensely significant historical site. The high vantage points of the hill made it a significant military base through the centuries. 

It was likely that the hill was where ancient Malay palaces stood on. During WW2, Fort Canning was the base for British colonial operations – The Battle Box Museum commemorates Singapore’s war experience.

Work at MOX @ Oxley Rise – S$3/hr

  • 71 Oxley Rise, #02-17
  • Dhoby Ghaut MRT is the nearest MRT station
  • Features: Free Wifi, complimentary coffee and tea, naturally lit work desks

Singapore’s Heartlands: SpaceLabs @ Ang Mo Kio

Situated in the heartlands, Spacelabs @ Ang Mo Kio is located in one of Singapore’s largest residential estates.

Spacelabs @ Ang Mo Kio is located in the heartlands

The heartlands are home to many public housing flats known as ‘HDBs’. About 80% of Singapore’s resident population lives in public housing, making the heartlands a well-loved community where many live, work and play.

Ang Mo Kio in Hokkien literally means the ‘red-haired man’s bridge’, in reference to the bridge over Kallang River in the area, built by Johnson Turnball Thomson, Government Surveyor of the Straits Settlement from 1841 to 1853.

Work at SpaceLabs @ Ang Mo Kio – S$3.80/hr 

  • Located at 38 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2
  • Ang Mo Kio is the nearest MRT station
  • Features: Free Wifi, complimentary coffee and tea, pantry available for use

About Deskimo

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