W., on Thursday January 21, 2016, in Montreal, Quebec.
The historic building will be converted into a cafe and a giant co-working space, as well as the HQ for a young Montreal company called Crew, which is a freelance design and web developer marketplace.
Crew, a young Montreal company now in its third year of operation, is in the preparatory stages of becoming yet another co-working space in the city.
However, its location — which will open to the public in April — is unique among its competitors: it is the former headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada, built in 1928 down on St-Jacques St. The space has sat empty since RBC abandoned the building in 2010 — a shame, considering the grand splendour it once possessed, with its 50-foot-high vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, intricate tiling and marble and bronze galore.
Montreal’s heritage guardians will surely be pleased to know Crew intends to keep most of its historical decor intact as it builds a combination café, co-working space and company headquarters.
A view of the main hall at the RBC Tower Building at 360 St-Jacques St.
“We’re taking this old building and moving it into a new era of work,” said Crew CEO and co-founder Mikael Cho.
Pina Messina, who is in charge of overseeing the transformation and management of Crew’s new space, explained how the bank’s old furnishings will be repurposed.
Members will have access to their own dedicated desk 24/7 for a “competitive” rate — likely between 0 and 0 a month, Cho said.Cho said patrons will be able order from the café online without ever having to line up — and, taking a cue from services like Uber, the tip is included in the price, too.Other perks include super high-speed internet, free coffee, discounts on food, a concierge service and access to meeting rooms.Members of the general public will also be welcomed, although they’ll have to stake out a workspace for the day in the general café area.
Statistics will tell you telecommuting has become a fashionable way to work in Canada — but have you ever tried finding a coffee shop willing to host you and your laptop for eight hours or more each day?Freelancers and remote workers have a few options, including working from home, haunting a circuit of cafés or renting a desk in a co-working space, the latter of which abound in Montreal.