24 March 2016
Montreal’s young creatives have a new place to work, surrounded by elegant stucco and sky-high ceilings. Architect Henri Cleinge has turned the city center’s historic Royal Bank into a unique co-working space. He avoided the typical concept of “container”, and opted for massive, versatile cubicles. The marble flooring, artistic sculptures, frescoed ceilings, and brass lamps have all been restored. Some of the original furnishings, including the banking booths, have been kept in their original places to delineate the space between the cafè and working areas. The members of Crew Collective are constantly present, as well as students, work groups, and freelance contractors all looking for conference rooms or temporary offices. The desks, cubicles and conference rooms can be rented for up to a month or just an hour. The cafè is available to everyone who wants to drop inand work for as long as they need, and if desired, they can take advantage of wi-fi and a computer provided by the Collective. Crew Collective and Cafè is open 24/7 during the week, and even on weekends.