Roy Gilbert

Shared co-working amenity spaces are in demand and developers are taking note

Courtyard 33, by Rndsqr, includes a plan for a co-working space in the mixed-use Marda Loop building. Supplied / Postmedia With the rise of the gig economy, freelancers and and contract workers are changing the shape of the workforce and redefining the look of the workplace. Developers are taking note. “The one thing that we really do when we develop a new project is focus on what people are doing, how they are moving through their daily lives, while at the same time considering how society has changed,” says Al Devani, founder of Rndsqr, the developer behind several innovative inner-city multi-family residential projects in Calgary. A recent Gallup survey found that almost 40 per cent of the workforce is part of the gig economy, with giggers slicing across demographics — boomers are at the top of the chart, followed closely by Gen Xers and millennials. And Rndsqr is tuning in to the trend. “We are looking at creating common co-working spaces instead of common amenity rooms like party rooms that don’t get used as frequently as you would think,” says Devani. Story continues below Rndsqr is the force behind Marda Loop’s Courtyard 33 (CY33), a multi-use 56-unit residential project designed by Winnipeg’s 5468796 Architecture. The innovative design — the interior portion of the light and airy six-storey building is carved out allowing for a programmable public plaza, a space that Devani calls a neighbourhood living room — gleaned inspiration from European design. The 14,000 square feet of retail and […]

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