It’s always exciting to see what the rest of the world is up to in design, architecture and decor. We couldn’t resist sharing this blog we came across – check out these unbelievable office spaces! Thanks to Emlii for this dose of awesome inspiration.
This is our pick from Emlii’s top 20 – we’ve only included 10 of these amazing spaces, but you can click on the link to read the full blog post and see all 20.
1. Google – London, UK
Google’s new London headquarters offers the best in workplace environment. The 160,000 square foot development features cutting-edge design that offers a decidedly quirky take on the traditional office. Renowned interior designers PENSON were given the task of creating a vibrant workspace and well they did wonders.
2. White Mountain Office – Stockholm, Sweden
Located 100 feet below the surface of Stockholm, the White Mountain Office – home to a Swedish internet service provider – has design qualities worthy of a Bond villain’s lair. The space was once used as an anti-atomic shelter, intended to provide an escape from atomic blasts and the resulting fallout. Architects Albert France-Lanord Architects renovated the 4000 square foot space and turned it into one of the most unique office environments in the world.
3. Selgas Cano Architecture – Madrid, Spain
This inspiring studio of Selgas Cano Architecture located in the woods in Madrid, Spain, serves as an inspiration for all who work there. Half of the office space is underground and the other half has glass ceilings, bringing nature closer to the employees. No matter if you´re inside or outside the view is fantastic.
4. Pallotta Teamworks – Los Angeles, USA
Clive Wilkinson Architects, who had come up with other creative solutions for warehouse spaces, conceived the idea of using shipping containers and large tents to create “breathing islands” inside the warehouse. These self-contained, airconditioned islands of activity provide space for each department within the company and gives them each an identity. Clive Wilkinson’s design for the office received a design award from the AIA in 2002 for creating a lively work environment in a warehouse with reduced energy usage despite a low construction budget.
5. Inventionland – Pittsburgh
The offices of Inventionland are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s a 70,000 sq feet facility that is designed with 15 different sets. Sets range from pirate ships, race tracks and faux caves, to red carpet walkways, a castle, or a giant robot. Not only does the space have fun, creative decor, but the facility also has a state-of-the-art sound/video/animation studio and fully-equipped workshops for creating working prototypes of inventions. Instead of being a normal “employee”, Inventionland employees are known as “Creationeers” and get to wear lab coats.
6. Microsoft – Vienna, Austria
Microsoft’s new office space in Vienna was completed by INNOCAD Architektur. The design combines a number of colorful, fresh, and eye-catching design elements to create what I’d call Microsoft’s most creative office space. This space features a number of themed conference and meeting rooms ranging from a hunting lodge to an ocean. Another popular feature is the plant wall in the reception – which also features an excellent x-ray graphic of a computer.
7. TBWA Hakuhodo Office – Tokyo, Japan
The TBWA Hakuhodo ad agency wanted their office to communicate something to both its employees and clients: “we think differently”. They teamed up with Klein Dytham Architecture to give form to this message, creating one of the most beautiful, playful and relaxing office environments in the world. Once a bowling alley itself, the office’s building still operates a bowling alley, a golf driving range and other entertainment functions above and below the office. The office itself is just as fun as anything else in the building, a tree and grass-lined environment with warm hardwood floors, indirect lighting and an open space that promotes casual living and community.
8. JWT – New York, USA
In an effort to keep creative harmonies maximised, this space has no private offices, but instead areas where groups of creative minds can assemble in both large and small numbers. As you can see, the office has a number of bright colors, as well as a ‘storytelling’ theme woven throughout.
9. Urban Outfitters – Philadelphia, USA
Urban Outfitter’s $100 million dollar offices are housed in four expansive, decommissioned buildings by the Delaware River on the site of a disused Navy Yard. They’ve won several awards for innovation in adaptive design and showcase a clever style that reflects the heritage of the buildings.
10. Corus Quay – Toronto, Canada
This is one of the largest offices on the list, and by the looks of things, one of the most fun. It’s been labeled Toronto’s smartest building. This building is all about having fun and bringing the entire work force of a company together in one place to create a boost in productivity, helping the company to continue to grow. Bright colours, big TV’s, huge slides, boardroom tables shaped like ice hockey rinks – this building really has it all.