180 John St. (near queen)
Rent: From $311 per month for shared space; $962 for a private office numbeR of membeRs: Approximately 500 best peRk: Frequent on-site events Spaces was founded more than a decade ago in Amsterdam. When the company started looking for a home base in Toronto, the goal was to find a one-of-a-kind heritage building in a bustling neighbourhood. “In co-working, the concept of nineto-five is non-existent,” says Wayne Berger, an executive vice-president at IWG, the multinational corporation that owns Spaces. “We wanted a neighbourhood that we knew wouldn’t shut off.” That ended up being Queen West, just north of the Entertainment District. Spaces settled on the former Urbane Cyclist building on John Street, which had just been renovated and expanded. The company’s scouts were especially drawn to the Instagrammable two-storey glass atrium and rooftop deck.
After a few months of further renovations and some interior finishes by the Design Associates and IDGroup, the new offices opened for business in November 2017. The eight-storey structure is already nearly at capacity, but that’s not to say it feels cramped. Much of the 55,000 square feet of workspace is dedicated to gatherings—both impromptu meet-ups and organized events. On one recent workday, there were free massages in the atrium in honour of National Relaxation Day, and in June Spaces hosted a summit for the NATO Association of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces about LGBT inclusivity.