This article is brought to you by lyf by The Ascott Limited.
In a landscape where we're sharing cabs to get to our shared flexible workspaces, lyf by Ascott takes the concept further up the value chain to signify a new way of living and collaborating as a community.Brightly-lit and thoughtfully-decorated rooms, hosted within contemporary neighbourhoods, purpose-built communal spaces that allow you to socialise and network, yet the flexibility to zip in and out of your dedicated space to allow time to yourself while travelling - welcome to a coliving serviced apartment designed and operated by lyf, The Ascott Limited's (Ascott) new coliving brand.
In a landscape where we're sharing cabs to get to our shared workspaces, lyf (pronounced 'life') takes the concept further up the value chain to redefine a new way of living and collaborating. Picture a dynamic living environment where the social kitchen and pantry can be a networking spot, while the communal lounge can double up as a space for activities like industry talks or workshops.
Living and communal spacesIn Singapore's growing coliving market, lyf's adaptable living spaces cater to both the work and play elements of its residents. The apartment is fun, quirky and versatile.
From the ‘One of a Kind’ studio (about 14-18 sqm) to the ‘Two of a Kind’ unit (paired room of about 35 sqm, with two private rooms and a shared kitchen), residents can choose what fits their needs and budget. Project groups can opt for the ‘All Together’ unit (business suites of about 70-120 sqm) that can accommodate up to nine guests, providing a shared kitchen, interactive display screens to facilitate discussions as well as a large table that doubles up as a collaborative working zone and dining area.
Each lyf property has 'Connect' coworking areas for residents that can be easily transformed into zones for workshops or social gatherings. When it's time for a break, they can visit the 'Bond' social kitchen to prepare home-cooked meals and learn about global cuisines from other guests. Meanwhile, chores are a breeze when residents can play a round of foosball while waiting for their laundry to be done at the ‘Wash & Hang’ laundromat.
For those of us looking for more networking and interaction, social programmes such as cooking classes, movie nights and craft workshops are organised weekly by lyf’s Ambassador of Buzz (AOB). Also on standby are lyf Guards, who are community managers, city and food guides, bar keepers and problem solvers all rolled into one.
Plugging in to this vibrant communityCatering to both short- and long-stay residents, expect to find a typical lyf apartment housing Millennials (and the Millennial-minded), technopreneurs, self-starters, digital nomads, and change makers.
The length of stay can be tailored, from one night to weeks and months. Typically, condominium rental units have a minimum stay of three months. At Ascott’s first lyf property, lyf Funan Singapore, rates for One of a Kind apartments are from S$150++ per night onwards; while for monthly stays, the starting rates are from S$3,100++ per month. These rates can be booked online. Corporate rates are extended to corporate bookers, who can look forward to attractive opening offers at the property.
The comprehensive facilities, services, and community events at lyf create a conducive environment for guests to plug into a vibrant community of diverse individuals, as well as meet new friends and potential business partners. After all, lyf is a new way to belong.
In 2020, lyf Farrer Park Singapore will open its doors, while lyf one-north Singapore is scheduled for 2021. 2020 will also see the opening of lyf Tenjin Fukuoka in Japan, lyf Raja Chulan Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and lyf Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok in Thailand, while in the Philippines, lyf Cebu City is scheduled to open in 2021.
This article was published in Human Resources’ September-October 2019 edition of the Singapore magazine. Check out the full magazine below: