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A San Fran-Style Tech Hub Arrives on King West

A former hostel at King and Spadina is now inviting coding whizzes to check in

By Eric Mutrie
Photography by Trevor Wallace, Reflect Architecture

Once a crash spot for sleepy backpackers, 460 King Street West now keeps pace with its bustling neighbourhood. This fall, Allied Properties REIT returned the 140-year-old building to its original black-and-white facade and added a new west atrium designed by Gensler.

Inside, digital-strategy firm Konrad hosts a combination of boot camp program courses, workshops in mobile development, shared workspaces for industry professionals and freelancers, and a cafe. (Expect fast wifi.) Filled with cushy sofas and geometric lighting, the contemporary interiors are the work of Reflect Architecture and MAAST, the creative studio led by Mahmood Popal.

Originally published in our Winter 2015 issue as Urban Update: San Fran North.

Categories: Urban Update

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