Imagine clocking into work not at a cubicle, but inside the opulent interiors of a former 1920s bank with free coffee, high-speed Internet, and access to Montreal’s creative professionals at your fingertips. That’s the promise of the Crew coworking space that’s popped up in the former headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada, a stunning historic building located on St-Jacques St. in Old Montreal. Local architect Henri Cleinge oversaw the adaptive reuse project, adding modern additions while preserving the building’s historic integrity, from the 50-foot-tall vaulted ceilings and chandeliers to the gorgeous marble-and-bronze detailing.
Built in 1928, the heritage building has sat empty since the Royal Bank of Canada abandoned it in 2010. Montreal-born startup Crew Collective saw an opportunity in the glamorous building and hired architect Henri Cleinge to carefully remake the former bank into a 12,000-square-meter space that includes the startup’s headquarters, a cafe, and co-working space. While the building primarily caters to permanent and temporary freelance workers, it’s also open to the public.
Cleinge’s contemporary additions are minimally intrusive, with glazed dividers, brass-clad private rooms, and furnishings with thin black metal legs. The newly added spaces hand the spotlight to the historic decor. A coworking membership at the former Montreal bank starts at $450 per month and includes access to the cafe, conference rooms, kitchen, private desks, collective spaces, as well as to a community of Montreal’s creative professionals.
Via The Spaces