One&Co: Your New Favourite Working Space | CoolJapan

The lounge space at One & Co

Soak in the homely and cosy atmosphere with luxurious European furniture bathed in natural light, punctuated with air filtering plants.

Just steps away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station is a hidden gem of a co-working space. Cosy like a home but with all the professional amenities you need from an office, what else could you want?

desk with a view of buildings

And oh, did we mention this view?

Its prime location in the heart of the CBD area also makes it easy for you to finish off a productive day with a well-deserved tipple in one of the many restaurants and bars in the area.

Once I reached the 11th floor of Twenty Anson, I was greeted by a reception area more reminiscent of a boutique hotel than that of a co-working space. 

office space with plants

The lush centrepiece fronting the venue was a breathtaking display of foliage native to Singapore.

I was welcomed by Benjamin Takahiro Tan, who introduced himself as a community conductor of the exciting space in front of me. “We join the dots between people, both Singaporean and Japanese,” he explains. Like Benjamin himself, who is half Japanese, One&Co’s goal is to provide a platform to bridge Japanese and Singaporean businesses. Established by JR East (East Japan Railway Company) just 2 years ago, this was their first overseas outpost. It may seem like a stretch for a railway company but when you consider how it’s making inroads to build connections, it makes perfect sense.

Introduction of members often happens organically. In fact, many members comment that they have been wonderfully surprised by the high number of connections they have made since they started going to One&Co. The space is beautifully designed to foster these bonds.

office pantry

The pantry, strategically positioned in the centre of the communal space and the bar area around it are places you can expect to bump into a fellow digital nomad and bounce off ideas. (Photo from: One&Co)

Start your day in one of the many booths in the communal space. Focus on one of the cosy nooks or pick one with a stunning view. After a while, take a break and browse through the walls of books curated by Kinokuniya.

woman reading books from shelf

The books, mainly in Japanese, are also available for sale, like the exquisite OMOTENASHI Selection showcasing modern Japanese design.

woman in video call wearing a mask

Attend a zoom meeting in one of its many soundproof phone booths, known to be one of the most spacious in town. Some even come with a ring light!

woman wearing a mask reading a book in office

It’s easy to feel at home in One&Co. Sink into one of its many plush couches and relax with the several magazines available.

Anticipating Your Every Need

Omotenashi means Japanese hospitality. “Omote” means the image you wish to present to outsiders. “Nashi” means nothing. Together, it means every service is honest and comes from the bottom of the heart. Indeed, One&Co is a true reflection of that. It has anticipated my every need for an office and even those that I didn’t even know I wanted.

mug with matcha latte

From newspapers (it provides Straits Times, Business Times and a Japanese newspaper) to beverages (it introduced me to matcha latte, which I never thought I would enjoy), there is always a subtle surprise to be found.

The best way to bond two cultures is always through food and in One&Co, they come in the form of teh tarik and teh alia instant mixes. In fact, the latter has become such a surprise hit among Japanese users that the community conductors have to take care to refresh the supply often enough.

Teas, snacks and a microwave complete the nifty pantry.

Inspiration In Every Corner

Besides a photography exhibition by its resident official photographer Ayumi Nagami, One&Co also proudly displays a chocolate painting by internationally regarded Singaporean pâtissier Janice Wong.

woman looking at painting

This chocolate painting by Janice Wong, entitled “Nature”, was inspired by Suminagashi, an ancient art technique of Japanese marbling.

Flexibility And Luxury

While the space is open 24 hours every day of the week, this largely applies to members who have opted in for a private office.

woman walking in office corridor

There are dedicated desk areas, or booths if you prefer a bit more privacy.

For a dedicated desk, expect to pay SGD780 a month and SDG900 for a booth. For small businesses, you have the option of private offices ranging from two to six people, starting from SGD1600 a month and up. And hot desking starts at only SGD300 a month for the hours between 9AM to 6PM on weekdays for individuals who prefer flexibility.

There are also a total of five meeting rooms which can accommodate up to eight people. The small meeting room for four people can be booked at SGD20 an hour and the bigger one for eight people is SGD30 an hour. The price plans for dedicated desks, booths and private offices all come with free meeting slots.

woman holding a mug

One&Co, just 2 minutes from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, is a workspace that feels like an office, hotel and cafe all at once.

For those who want to try out the space, One&Co welcomes drop-ins as well. At an hourly charge of SGD5, One&Co has the cheapest rate in town. It’s an incredible steal, especially when drinks at the pantry are free flow. Partnered with sustainable brands like Cafe Bond and SaucyBean, every cup of coffee also helps the critically endangered Sumatran orangutans. No more guilt having that third cup of coffee anymore. Especially not when you’re here, with plenty of delicious corners to savour them.

A special treat for CoolJP readers in Singapore:

Get a chance to avail two of One&Co's facilities below between 22 November and 17 December for FREE:

                   Hot Desk Day Pass

Meeting Room: 1-hour credit

Dedicated Desks or Booths

Simply do the following:

  1. Sign up with One&Co using this form.
  2. Schedule your preferred date and time. (Note that facilities are on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.)
  3. Upon arrival, register at the reception and choose your preferred room.

One&Co's staff will give a private tour of the facility to first-time visitors.