Some offices can be boring and stifling, but definitely not these – we made a list of the coolest and most well-designed office spaces in the world.
Not all work spaces were created equal – some can reduce workers’ morale while others can keep them happy and inspire them to be more energetic and creative. For companies like Google, which require smart, creative and in-demand workers, such offices offer a competitive edge when trying to attract young and intelligent employees.
Some of the ideas used in these offices overlap with the list of amazing home design ideas we’ve written about, while others are specific to a work environment. 12 coolest offices Building from around the world. Google, Facebook, Airbnb … they’re companies you’ll recognize as successful and fast-growing. After seeing what their workspace is like, you might even find yourself applying for a job!
1. Google – Mountain View, California – USA
Google has more than 70 offices in 40 countries worldwide, but Mountain View is home to headquarters. As they explain on their website: “Though no two Google offices are the same, visitors to any office can expect to find a few common features: murals and decorations expressing local personality;
Googlers sharing cubes, yurts and “huddles”; video games, pool tables and pianos; cafes and “micro-kitchens” stocked with healthy food; and good old fashioned whiteboards for spur-of-the-moment brainstorming.” Hats off to whoever designed this “huddle!”
2. Facebook – Palo Alto, California – USA
Facebook has many offices around the world, but this one is headquarters. You never know when you might run into Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg!
It was designed with lots of indoor and outdoor space. After all, the 12,000 employees need room to spread out.
3. Nokia – Espoo, Finland
Nokia headquarters is located just outside of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. While you probably recognize the name Nokia from your pre-smart phone days, they’ve been in the technology business since 1865.
4. Airbnb – San Francisco, California – USA
Airbnb has been revolutionizing the hospitality industry since 2008, by connecting individuals who want to rent out their own home or stay in someone else’s. Travel is no longer limited to hotel and hostels, and for those who have some extra space, it’s a great way to make additional income.
5. Dropbox – San Francisco, California – USA
Dropbox is an online solution for individuals and businesses to store files, photos, and more. With 500 million users worldwide and over a million files saved to their system each day, they are a powerhouse in their field.
6. Selgas Cano Architecture Office – in the woods, 15 minutes outside of Madrid, Spain.
If you’re an architecture firm, why not have an extraordinary building for your store front? Built into the ground and surrounded by trees, this office brings man and nature together. Working in the woods must be quite the experience – although I bet it’s a bit spooky in a thunderstorm!
7. Inventionland Design Factory – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – USA
When you are the world’s largest invention factory, you need to encourage creativity as much as possible. Tree houses and pirate ships are just some of what you’ll find inside their incredible office. Research, design, marketing, and more – Inventionland does it all. If you have an idea, they are the people who can help bring it to life.
8. Pallotta Teamworks – Los Angeles – USA
LA Warehouse Office is a Shipping Container City. shipping container city topped with tents that are reminiscent of the very events that Pallotta sets up.
9. Urban Outfitters – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – USA
Urban Outfitters is best known for its lines of hip, trendy clothing, but they make everything from lipstick to bed sheets. Their office is truly a reflection of their well-known style.
10. Lego – Billund, Denmark
LEGO is all about fun, creativity, and embracing your imagination – so why not have a slide in the office? Just imagine being late for a meeting and sliding down this!
11. Zynga – San Francisco, California
You might not recognize the name Zynga, but what about Farmville or Words with Friends?
These are the people who bring us all our favorite Facebook games. So, it’s no wonder they want their employees to have fun! This arcade/ diner looks like a blast.
12. White Mountain Office – Stockholm, Sweden
Standing in direct opposition to the last office we saw is White Mountain. Originally a nuclear bunker, the space is located 100 feet below bedrock. However, greenery keeps the data center from being too drab.
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