Singapore introduces co-living train hotel

Singapore will welcome its first-ever co-living train hotel by transforming a decommissioned SMRT train carriage into a boutique co-living space.

The hotel is currently in the works, and is scheduled to open in September this year.

Artist impression of the new co-living train hotel (Photo: Tiny Pod)

Leading this project is local start-up company Tiny Pod with the support of statutory board JTC Corporation. The train hotel is part of the Tiny Pod’s pop-up shipping container initiation, LaunchPad @ one-north, which was launched in 2020. The company also has other containers up for rent at spaces like Gardens by the Bay and Haw Par Villa.

The train hotel will have eight rooms, each of them with an attached bathroom. A special feature is the LCD panels that will be mounted inside the driver’s compartment showing real-life footage of the train’s earlier journey through the tunnel, creating quite a surreal experience for the guests.

It will be located at Ayer Rajah Crescent with a recreational green space integrated with F&B vending machines and bicycle racks, as well as repurposed train chairs redesigned as outdoor public benches.

“By transforming underutilised spaces into unique accommodation experiences, we unlock new revenue streams and minimise our environmental footprint,” commented Tiny Pod’s founder and CEO, Seah Liang Chiang.