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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.

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