When the Montréal-based retail tech company Lightspeed found that it had outgrown its former digs, it sought new space in the 1,000,000-square-foot Gare Viger, a former chateau that, after a developer's renovation, has become a pretty rad mixed-use workspace. Built in 1898, the Place Viger (sometimes referred to as the 'Chateau Viger' for the style in which it was built, rather than its official use) was once an operating train station and hotel. In 2012, a developer acquired the site from the city of Montreal (which purchased the building in 2006) and turned it into a center of commerce and business.
Lightspeed's offices combine elements old and new: muscular steel beams meet the vaulted, timber frame of the original structure; exposed-brick walls and open-plan workspaces are also on offer. There are also a number of break-out word pods for employees, painted in vibrant shades of primary hues for phone calls and other solo work. Color us impressed!