These Themed Coworking Spaces Will Awaken Your Creativity
September 13, 2018 | BY Jessica Liew
To match the rise of startups, freelancers, and nomadic entrepreneurs, coworking spaces have mushroomed in and around the Klang Valley, offering flexibility and amenities most of us can only dream of. The more top-notch the facilities, the bigger the appeal: We’re talking Insta-worthy interiors, 360-degree services and exclusive events, among some. Whether you’re a freelancer looking for a community, a full-timer needing a stop-over, or an entrepreneur with a growing team, take your pick from these coworking spaces in KL boasting unique quirks.
Where: Downtown KL
Specialty: Dojo is all about a tranquil state of mind, projected in a zen garden setting of woo and bamboo elements, and greenery to harness the energy of nature. In for the long haul? Amenities like hot showers and mail services will make your stay a comfortable one.
Selling point: Offers educational experiences like a Silicon-Valley accredited acceleration program for the startup ecosystem, and personalised services for members’ growth. Dojo also emphasises on wellness and relationships, with regular community yoga classes and social activities.
Rates: RM45 for day passes, RM700 monthly for a designated desk, and RM850 monthly for a private office.
Where: Bangsar South
Specialty: Known for its wellness community events, games arcade, on-site Botanica Deli, game nights and incubator gaming programs, Komune is a hive for hardworkers who love to have fun. Slated to reopen on August 20, expect bigger and better things at the relocated space.
Selling point: Cruising in and out has never been more convenient with a flexible 24/7 credit system that gets you back into work mode effortlessly, at the convenience of facilities and amenities. Pick from hot desks to private office for 15, and a meeting room that packs 18.
Rates: RM50 monthly for community events and partner discounts, to RM490 monthly for a hot desk.
Where: KLCC & KL Eco City
Specialty: If we could describe Colony, it would be ‘adulting made easy’. Colony takes the coworking concept up a notch with child-care services, kid-friendly interiors, and private nursing rooms, all while delivering elite serviced-offices functionalities.
Selling point: You name it, they’ve got it: From in-house eateries, nap rooms, event spaces, massages, and even a swimming pool… Colony is an office that's impossible to leave. The buzzing community is fuelled with sustenance from Bold Grains and Espresso Lab, and keeps fitness at peak with a sky gym.
Rates: RM60 for day passes to RM2,088 monthly for a private office.
Where: Damansara Uptown & Shah Alam
Specialty: With its plant features, tall ceilings, and soothing colours, Co-labs fosters a comfortable working environment through an understated interior design. They supplement with professional advice, training, and investor networking opportunities, too.
Selling point: You don’t need to be in the city centre for first-rate amenities. Co-labs is your one-stop destination for a seamless work flow, think unique common rooms, nap pods, nursing rooms, storage, hot showers, recreational rooms, to mentorship and internship programs.
Rates: Depending which Co-Labs branch, daily passes start from RM25, to premium suites priced at RM450 monthly.
Where: Bangsar & Jalan Doraisamy
Specialty: Local offshoots of a Singapore coworking brand, The Co. branches boast a part industrial, part Scandinavian appeal to its team-centric ethos.
Selling point: If teamwork gets you ticking, The Co. provides just the environment for you with numerous activities, parties, and dialogue sessions. There’s a chance to collaborate and meet new people in community events, members meals, and weekly yoga events.
Rates: Prices start from RM35 monthly, with a choice to upsize membership with unlimited plans, fixed/booth packages, and private suites.
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Specialty: The haunt of the cool crowd, Uppercase is a prized address just upstairs of APW, a charming former commercial printing press repurposed for buzzy happenings.
Selling point: If working in a historical environment tickles your fancy, Uppercase will bowl you over with its open space, exposed sky light, and old-school arcade games. Members not only enjoy access to exclusive events and discounted F&B rates, they also get to enrich their startup up journey with programs like SEO workshops, industry dialogues, and entrepreneurship programs.
Rates: A day pass is priced at RM50. Alternately, you can scale up from a condensed plan to team rooms starting from RM96.
Where: Prime locations around Klang Valley.
Specialty: Common Ground carries 2 prestigious titles: The most Instagrammable coworking destination and Malaysia’s largest coworking space. The interiors boast a plush, tropical and retro vibe, with palm trees, velvet couches, and mixed textures.
Selling point: You could be anywhere in the Klang Valley – KL Sentral, Damansara Heights, Mont Kiara, TTDI, or Bukit Bintang – chances are, there’s a Common Ground in the hood. The brand is primed to expand to 12 venues by end of 2018, and as of now, fulfils unique demands for move-in ready serviced offices, custom buildouts, and global coworking access.
Rates: Membership plans range from hot desk, fixed desk to private office, between a price of RM399 to RM1,099 monthly.
Where: Sri Petaling
Specialty: Renting a fully-equipped workspace can amount to a hefty price for young startups, but Sandbox is all about value for money, without compromising state-of-the-art amenities. Chill areas offer a respite from brainstorming, with impromptu guitar-jamming and swing bean bags.
Selling point: Basic conveniences aside, members can enjoy a business address, mail and package handling, lockable drawers, a community portal, as well as 24/7 access. The best part – the entry and exit system is hassle-free, powered by an app that doubles as admin and concierge.
Rates: Choose from hot desk, dedicated desk, or a suite, prices start from RM28 a day to RM580 a month for your own private box.
Specialty: Young entrepreneurs will benefit from WORQ's perks through mentorship programs. Aside from the 24/7 coworking perks, members can meet investors, multinational corporations, government agencies, and NGOs to expand their pool of network and collaborators.
Selling point: Being at WORQ shortens the problem-solving process – seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and creatives are constantly coming in and out as part of startup events, speakers series, and career programs. Got a burning question or hit a dead-end? You'll get your answer here.
Rates: Prices range between RM300-RM600 a month, across plans like hot desk, dedicated desk and private suite.
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