WeWork unveiled its Singapore location / 2 Fintech Startups joinby Company Announcement December 14, 2017
WeWork unveiled its inaugural Singapore location, WeWork Beach Centre. As the first Southeast Asia location, WeWork Beach Centre also signifies WeWork’s 200th location globally.
WeWork Singapore will grow quickly as the company will launch its second location at 71 Robinson, slated to open in early 2018, and soon thereafter WeWork will open a location at Funan. Singapore will serve as a gateway to WeWork’s regional expansion into other Southeast markets.
Spanning across three floors with a total of more than 690 desks, WeWork Beach Centre will be poised to help local start-ups and enterprises meaningfully contribute to the global business ecosystem. Aligned with Singapore’s vision of becoming a global innovation hub, WeWork brings new energy to the city by integrating WeWork’s global community of creators and companies into the Singapore market.
WeWork’s expansion into Southeast Asia means that global multinationals, Chinese and Indian companies entering Singapore and the greater region will now have a supportive, diverse community of businesses that will help companies foster entrepreneurship and local innovation.
“Singapore is a global hub that acts as a springboard into the whole of Southeast Asia and beyond. We see numerous expansion opportunities in the region that will only serve to strengthen our global community,”
said Christian Lee, Managing Director, WeWork Asia.
“WeWork is committed to supporting local innovators scale by creating synergies within our strong international member network made up of both physical and virtual offerings. Riding on the upside of Southeast Asia’s accelerated trajectory, we will enter several new markets in Southeast Asia in 2018.
In the near term, we will expand WeWork Singapore and strengthen its impact on the wider local and regional community while also bringing new vitality to the business ecosystem. ”
“In opening WeWork Beach Centre, we have achieved our first critical milestone in establishing a strong presence in Southeast Asia. Our mission is to revolutionize work and empower our creators, start-up and enterprise members at every stage of their growth,”
said Turochas “T” Fuad, Managing Director, WeWork Southeast Asia.
“We’ve leveraged the technological expertise of WeWork’s in-house research, development, design, construction and community teams to bring this location to life, but this is only the beginning. We see huge potential for “Powered by We”, our newest enterprise product offering, which will help companies in Southeast Asia to find, design, build and operate their own space while providing services that enhance employee experience, engagement, and effectiveness.”
“We are delighted to be part of WeWork’s first project in Singapore and are confident that the opening at Beach Centre will significantly add excitement to the current workplace environment in the Central Business District for the fast-growing businesses,”
said Chan Hian Siang, Director, Asiawide Development Pte Ltd.
Establishing a vibrant network for creators, startups, and enterprises in Singapore
With today’s enterprises facing numerous challenges, WeWork’s enterprise solutions help multinational companies navigate various market dynamics and fluctuations. By fostering a symbiotic relationship amongst our members, no other platform has the global scale, localized community experiences, and support that WeWork has been able to create and offer for enterprises.
WeWork welcomes global companies operating in Singapore — such as HP Inc. and Twilio — as well as start-ups and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) — such as Chope, PolicyPal, StashAway, and Wantedly — into the WeWork family. WeWork Beach Centre will revitalize Singapore’s entrepreneurial market by facilitating connections between its global network and the local community to create a robust international ecosystem.
“Chope believes in WeWork’s vision, and is excited to be part of WeWork Singapore’s first location. It combines function, services, an inspiring space, the opportunity to connect with other creators in the WeWork community and local business ecosystem,”
said Arrif Ziaudeen, CEO, Chope.
Injecting WeWork’s design flair into Beach Centre
Building a space for creators that will inspire innovation and connect like-minded entrepreneurs, WeWork Beach Centre opens its doors in the heart of the vibrant downtown district strategically positioned alongside South Beach Avenue – Singapore’s largest mixed-development project.
WeWork Beach Centre is based on the ideals of fresh air and mobility, two aspects that are brought to life through the spaces’ ample natural light and various open-air meeting places.
Pastel colors similar to the neighborhood’s surrounding buildings are used to give the space an airy and light feeling. With a design aesthetic clearly differentiated from any other WeWork location, WeWork Beach Centre also draws inspiration from traditional shophouses around Singapore and features elements such as old storefronts with arched window frames and shutters in different colors.
Maintaining a rhythm unique to WeWork Beach Centre, a central staircase in striking yellow extends across three floors and weaves the space together as the main centerpiece. Intertwining wall features were constructed from concrete breeze blocks reminiscent of those at the back of traditional Singaporean shophouses. Such localized installations are signature to WeWork’s global company, local playbook approach and WeWork Beach Centre takes a modern interpretation of traditional Singaporean elements in this space.
Building on WeWork’s global network and community
Through its global network and firmly rooted local expertise, WeWork currently has more than 200 physical locations in 64 cities and 20 countries around the world. WeWork is committed to creating an innovative culture and encouraging human connection and creativity. WeWork’s community-based platform allows its members to connect with other freelancers, entrepreneurs, and companies of all sizes.
Today, WeWork has more than 175,000 members around the world and it provides its members the space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings.
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