The common saying of “being your own boss” for entrepreneurship doesn’t mean you have to work alone anymore. Playing off the freelance and start-up industry that is currently growing in the country, co-working spaces are taking shape across the city. There is not only plenty of room for synergised collaborations amongst the employees in the shared working environment, but come together in a modernised and stylish setting.
This co-working space means business, when it comes to working towards your business ventures. The Co. provides co-working spaces that facilitate and inspire the best in productivity and quality for your work. Besides that, The Co. looks to weave a healthy lifestyle into the members’ working environment, by simply making sure that it is in right neighbourhood that corresponds with your venture.
The Co.’s journey to excellence began in 2013 across the Causeway, with its first establishment taking up an entire eight-storey building along High Street. The co-working space has since won three accolades for its minimalistic yet polished design—Gold Design Excellence at the Singapore Design Awards, Excellence Commercial Space at the Perspective Awards and the Best Enterprise Space Design at the IAI Design Award.
Following that is another arm along Duxton Road in Singapore, whereas in Malaysia, one along the trendy and sophisticated The Row in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, and another in a converted bungalow located at the digital and entrepreneurial hub of Bangsar. Each of these co-working spaces carries forth its own rendition of The Co.’s award-winning pioneer at High Street, with suites, meeting rooms and other amenities catered to each space’s target clients while maintaining the philosophy and orientation that it knows by heart that make it one of the fastest-growing entrepreneurial communities in Southeast Asia.
8 Lengkok Abdullah, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
42-48, The Row, Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur
Once you have set up your workstation at this co-working space, there is no reason to leave. Let us count the reasons why: complimentary coffee or tea to kick start your work day with a bang, and a locker storage and shower facilities for a refreshing splash after a long day of work before heading home. Not only that, members get to enjoy discounted meals at—not one, not two, but six F&B outlets within the compound: Pulp Café, Breakfast Thieves, Agak-agak, Proof Pizza + Wine, Kaiju Jap-Thai restaurant and Case Study bar. There is even the 52 Barbers barber shop just a stone’s throw away, in case you need a quick snip before an important meeting.
Uppercase is a co-working space located within one of the KL-ites’ favourite haunts, APW (Art Printing Works). The repurposed event space used to be a 64-year-old heritage print factory, and Uppercase has taken up the 6,000sqft loft that was once a book-binding facility. The open space combines repurposed wood, concrete, steel and indoor plants, highlighted by the natural light that pours in aplenty every day.
After slaving through the weekdays, one would usually stay away from the office over the weekends, but you may consider staying at Uppercase 24 hours a day, seven days a week, (you can’t actually, because it’s only open till 10pm the latest on weekdays, 2pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays), with the line-up it has for not only the members but the public as well. Besides the free weekly community yoga classes, Uppercase plays host to the KL arm of the worldwide breakfast lecture series, CreativeMornings. The monthly local creative community holds free talks for the people from the multifaceted creative disciplines, with breakfast provided, keeping the creative juice flowing and inspired even on the weekends.
29-07, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
One of the newest co-working spaces to hit, this joint infuses the Pantone colour of the year for 2017 into its institution, not only in its design but the direction that it would like to pursue as well; the refreshing shade of Greenery symbolises new beginnings, as well as characteristics of passion and spunk.
Common Ground hosts workstations and spaces spread across its two-storey space, for individuals and companies of all shapes and sizes: Hot Desks for those with flexible working hours, Fixed Desks for those who prefer an open working environment and Private Offices for those who would like a quiet space to call their own. The public is also welcomed to set up camp at the common area and even grab a cuppa from its in-house café bar.
After clocking off for the day, Common Ground encourages its members to hang back and chill at its spacious and grandiosely designed common space, (also open for small-sized events and seminars), with comfortable seating and inviting wooden flooring, where they can network with the other members and possibly, collaborate on future projects together across disciplinaries.
Although Common Ground in Damansara Heights is merely a few months old, plans have already been laid out for three more co-working spaces in TTDI, Ampang and Subang, as well as in other countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Now, doesn’t a private workspace near the beachy shores of Bali, Phuket or Cebu sound enticing?
Level 16, Wisma UOA Damansara II, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
For the more artistically inclined, this art exhibition space/photoshoot studio/event venue/co-working space is the choice meeting ground for the various design and creative types. Located in the heart of Petaling Jaya’s industrial centre, PORT Commune was founded by PORT25, an architecture and interior design collaborative, repurposed from an old warehouse factory that boasts a convertible vicinity of up to 10,000sqft.
PORT Commune has worked closely with people from multi-disciplinary fields, and it aims to provide a platform that the creative industry and the public can engage in discourses, provoking creative curiosity and knowledge while having ample space to host individuals and corporate companies looking for an alternative working space.
There is a regular rotation of art exhibitions going on in PORT Commune, having housed exhibitions such as Offart by graphic designers Leo So and Tan Zi Hao, which explored the history of Malaysia and its political changes; the architecture exhibition Framing the Common that was a reflection of the time-space-existence exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016, held simultaneously with alike ones in Bogota, Tehran and Mumbai; and Retrospektiv by self-taught artist Nicholas Choong, a solo exhibition of more than 30 works completed throughout his five years as a career artist.
If you’re looking for an event space for your next social gathering, company workshop, photoshoot session or even a small music gig for your closest fans and friends, PORT Commune may be it.
3, Jalan 51/201, Seksyen 51, Petaling Jaya