In an age of increasing connectivity, the sense of community is a quality that Millenials are encouraged to adopt amongst many other things. We hitch rides, share bicycles and deal with the day’s tasks at co-working spaces all while brushing shoulders with like-minded individuals.
With this, the newfangled concept of co-living was born: for those who want to live and breathe this lifestyle at every waking moment. The idea of having to mingle in communal settings and retreating to a personal space has become progressively attractive the world over. In land-sparse Singapore, co-living is becoming a promising answer to expensive accommodations.
Lyf, hospitality group The Ascott’s debut to co-living solutions, couldn’t come at a better time. Taking over nine stories in Funan Singapore, Lyf is currently the largest co-living property in Southeast Asia. The property sees over 270 apartments which can be further divided into over 400 personal rooms ‘managed by millennials for the millennials and millennial-minded’ according to its press release.
The co-living space is plastered with Instgrammable moments at every corner (think neon light fixtures and a pastel-hued ball pit). Communal spaces are reminiscent of co-working spaces but will also double up as an avenue for music sessions, workshops and talks. At every spot, save for personal rooms, is a chance for conversation or selfie moment.
Lyf Funan is the first iteration of the Ascott’s co-living project, but it is slated for a massive expansion next year in China, the Philippines, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. Here’s a quick peek at what Lyf Funan Singapore has to offer:
A corner for everyone
In place of the usual concierge and receptionists at hotels, the co-living space is managed by ‘Lyf Guards’ who serve as community managers, guides and event organisers. Residents will be able to enjoy weekly social programmes such as talks, craft workshops and hackathons.
Beyond activities, residents also have other opportunities to mingle around. The social kitchen, fully equipped with ovens and induction hobs, offers guests a chance to socialise and exchange culinary ideas. Even the laundromat is designed to be conducive enough to relax and chat while finishing up mundane chores.
One of a kind rooms
While Lyf is meant to for long-term stays, guests can also choose to take up a night or two instead. Room rates start at S$150++ per night for a studio unit. The basic rooms, dubbed One of a Kind, comes with ensuite bathrooms and can comfortably accommodate individuals or couples. A bigger version, Two of a Kind, offers two private rooms with a shared kitchenette for larger groups.
Something for everyone
Besides the basic apartments, Lyf also offers unique accommodation solutions. The Lyf Style, for instance, is equipped with a PlayStation console and a pull-down sofa bed. The Up & Down apartments feature bunker beds, offering a more affordable option for friends who prefer staying together.
For those who are open to more communal experiences can consider the All Together apartments which see more than two rooms with shared kitchens, living room and bathrooms.
The full experience
The biggest apartment here holds a total of six rooms, spread across two floors. Each room can be rented individually as well and everyone is privy to a shared dining area/workspace armed with a Samsung Flip interactive smart screen. It’s also the ideal space for team gatherings.
Room rates at Lyf Funan Singapore start at $150++ per night. Bookings are now open and can be made here.