Corporate Is Cool: A Glance at the World’s Most Amazing Offices April 23 2016, 0 Comments
Skip the sad-looking desks and grim looking cabinets; today's offices have gone completely rogue. Modern corporate headquarters have been turned into playgrounds, breaking private cubicles and stripping off their blank white walls with lots of colours and decors. In the previous era, employees drag themselves in their workplaces to survive a monotonous humdrum. However, the great millennial kick shoved that conception away, freeing ideas and creativity along with the boundaries of corporate spaces. If you're a start-up, looking to build your own working atmosphere, or an established brand, trying to overhaul your oddly formal office, here are some of the world's best offices you can take inspiration from:
The travel-and-accommodation based company tickles creativity with its San Francisco office, allowing employees to experience a real like trek to different homes in different countries. A less-than-a-century old warehouse was transformed into a trip around the world. Stop over at Johannesburg or Mumbai without trouble with fully decked-out rooms, complete with couches and decorations reminiscent of each country. Smart use of multiple linear lights hung together and suspended overhead tie into the decor nicely and provide excellent light over an larger area. Since employees spend most of their hours at work, the company intends to make it as comfortable and inspiring as their own homes.
Tucked away in the busy, fast-paced technology hub of San Francisco, California is the Dropbox Headquarters. As one of the leading companies offering cloud services to mobile users around the world, Dropbox retains the very core of their platform with their corporate aesthetic. White woven panels are lined overhead, decorated with black industrial lights. A matching white seating area is positioned at the middle of the lounge room. Employees have no designated offices, but they all enjoy the free seating space, a gym, and a deluxe cafeteria featuring the work of a world-famous chef.
High ceilings, wood panels and luxurious leather couches make up the industrial look of the crowdfunding company, Kickstarter. Unique floor lamps and wall lamps add to the industrial feel of this creative space, inviting one to be a visionary, to start something new. This grand, theatrical corporate space is wrought out from a former pencil factory in Brooklyn. Glass walls, a second-floor garden and an open roof deck makes it a perfect place to hang out and work.
Nokia is a well-loved mobile brand that is making its way back to the consumer's hearts, and hands. Its headquarters, located in Finland, features brightly coloured nooks separated by a jigsaw puzzle installation, giving workers the privacy they need without fully enclosing them inside closed walls. The company has over 50,000 employees in more than 100 countries, symbolizing the wide spectrum of colours used in their corporate space. Reds, greens and blues, each with their own working and leisure corners, make up their Finland headquarters.
This classy, eclectic inspired Pennsylvania headquarters is owned by Urban Outfitters, an American clothing company. Decked in an old warehouse, the fashion brand reflects its taste in design with a great mix of chic and industrial flair. Highly regal couches highlight empty spaces. Wooden beams and pillars with washed paint are left as is, creating an ambiance of nostalgia. There is a fashionable lounge room, as well as a working space where designers assemble their pieces. Large arched windows help maximize daylight, as the staff overlooks the busy streets of Philadelphia.
Selgas Cano Architecture:
Want to work outdoors? Take a page from the architecture firm, Selgas Cano. The Spain-based company offers a delightful view of the outdoors, with its unique office perched inside a woodland just 15 minutes away from the city of Madrid. Here, employees can relax and enjoy the sunlight, or on those darker days use industrial styled task lamps while under the sight of the sky and trees.
If there is one company worth mentioning for its amazingly creative office, it has to be Google. Located in Mountain View, California, Google houses more than 50,000 employees, all working full time. In order to satisfy their needs and wants, the company offers fun working spaces, leisure areas, healthy food options, shuttle rides and many sustainable decors. Google covers a lot of perks for their workers, including unlimited sick time, meal funds for new parents, and medical and dental services.