About our correspondent: Olivier Auger is a young and recent graduate from the school of digital media. He collaborates on multiples projects for independent videogame developers, photo studios and digital marketing agencies. After his studies in sociology, Olivier chose to focus on digital media production and content creation. He loves his hometown and wants to explore it in all of its splendour.
I’ve always thought that the former Viger station was more or less abandoned. Well, I was completely wrong. The imposing castle-like building was built in 1898 for Canadian Pacific by Bruce Price, the architect also responsible for the imposing Château Frontenac in Quebec City, the original Banff Springs Hotel at Lake Louise and Windsor Station in Montreal. The 250M$ re-development project is starting to show and attract companies like Lightspeed, Brasseur de Montréal, and recently of the activewear brand for women, Lolë.
Jesta Group, owner of this heritage site, created a brand new work environment while keeping the original appearance and cachet. What an exciting revival for this old train station and hotel, a concept that was unique in Canada at the time.
This move is the result of the strong growth of Coalision, the mother company of Lolë, who believes that a new address in the dynamic downtown area will further enhance this growth and development. The company now provides its 118 employees with 34,000 square feet of open office space with an overall campus feeling to it.
Large windows allowing natural light to flow in along with sufficient lighting provide an absolutely convivial atmosphere to the dining area. Here, the Babyfoot table adds a nice touch to this pleasant environment. Even though it was raining outside during my visit, I was all cheered up!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to see the sun burst in as it usually does, but the place was amazingly beautiful and warm so I soon forgot about it.
Sid Lee created the overall workspace, and kept the heritage aspect of the old hotel-station by adding modern pieces of furniture.
The lobby also serves as a showroom and retail space.
And of course, I couldn’t imagine the new Lolë’s workspace without a yoga studio for the employees. It’s the perfect place to work (and party). Employees were having a staff party while Eva Rogeau, PR & Marketing coordinator, was kindly giving gave me the full tour tour. Splendid workspace and cool staff! Thanks again.