Latest serviced apartments concept for millennials – Lyf residences interpretes rising trend of co-living and co-working
Singapore – 28 November 2016
Launch of Lyf – ‘Live your freedom’ is the latest serviced apartment concepts of The Ascott group. The first residence for the millennials has been revealed in Singapore showing a new way of living and collaborating as a community, connecting guests with fellow travellers and change-makers.
Unlike conventional serviced apartments, the properties will be managed by Lyf Guards, millennials who may be residents themselves, community managers, city and food guides, bar keepers and problem solvers all rolled into one. Lyf Guards, guests and partners can conduct workshops with local craftsmen, hackathons with local start-up accelerators or innovation talks. Residents may even score exclusive invites to local music festivals and concerts.
Designed to facilitate interaction between guests, each Lyf property has its own unique personality with fun and quirky design elements. They will all have ‘Connect’ communal spaces, co-working areas that can be easily transformed into zones for workshops or social gatherings. Residents can also hangout at the ‘Wash & Hang’ laundromat and play a round of Foosball while waiting for their laundry to be done. The ‘Bond’ social kitchen is where guests can prepare home-cooked meals, take cooking classes and socialise while learning more about global cuisines from other residents. Lyf properties may incorporate interactive digital art pieces or even giant ball pits, hamster wheels and oversized Connect Four sets for the kids amongst us.
The residence will offer a range of apartment layouts from ‘Big Bed’ rooms (studios) to ‘Two of a Kind’ rooms (twin rooms) – two private rooms with a shared kitchen. Project groups can opt for the ‘All Together’ unit (business suites) which have smart display screens for video conferencing and discussions while a large table doubles up as a collaborative working zone and dining area. Instead of standard wardrobes, guests can hang their clothes on rails that suspend from the ceiling or put up a hammock for a lazy afternoon snooze.
The size of the millennial travel market is expanding rapidly and individuals in their 20s and 30s will account for more than half the workforce by 2020. With millennial travellers spending more than US$200 billion annually, Ascott is already host to a significant number of millennials and will further cater to the growing demand with Lyf. The launch of the new brand comes on the back of a year of remarkable growth for Ascott with more than 10,000 units added globally.