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.
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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.
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Images via Crew Collective and Henri Cleinge