• The 10 Most Impressive Offices In The World
  • Posted 15 months ago by Jack Lowe · Art & Design · 41585 Views
  • It's no secret that we love a creative office environment, with companies like Google and Twitter often gracing our homepage for their innovative headquarter designs. Brands like these are setting the new standard for office design, with facilities like table tennis, rooftop bars, gyms, games rooms, and slides increasing the "blue sky thinking" abilities of staff, as well as helping teams to bond and generally making work a fun place to be. Here, we've rounded up ten of what we believe to be the most impressive and desirable office environments worldwide.

    Above: COMVERT in Milan, Italy - While looking for a new HQ location, alternative clothing Italian clothing company COMVERT came across a huge abandoned cinema which was big enough to house their design offices, warehouse, and a flagship store. The 6,600 cubic meters of vaulted space didn't go to waste either, with the brand building a massive indoor skate bowl that sits suspended in mid air.

    Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Oregon - It's no surprise that the advertising company who came up with Nike's "Just Do It" slogan - one of the best tagline's in advertising history - offer their staff a working environment a little more creative than a IKEA desk pushed up against a wall. Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the five-storey building features a basketball court, a large auditorium area, and is almost entirely open-plan with no solid level or room divides.

    Corus Quay in Toronto, Canada - Coming in at a massive 500,000 sq ft, Corus Entertainment had plenty of space to be creative with. To boost the productivity of their 1,100 staff, the building features a five-storey atrium with a three-storey slide, a large lounge area, a vertical garden, and multiple TV studios.

    AOL in Palo Alto, California - In collaboration with Studio O+A, tech giant AOL transformed their 1980s office building into a clean white canvas with exposed ceilings and stripped back walls. Areas like the "Town Hall" feature a communal kitchen, bench seating, table tennis, and eye-catching furniture to help communication amongst staff members.

    Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory in Los Angeles, California - As well as functioning as the set for skateboarder Rob Dyrdek's MTV reality show of the same name, the Fantasy Factory also features office space for Rob Dyrdek and his brother's various businesses. Other facilities include a full size indoor skatepark complete with foam pit, a basketball court, and a tennis ball cannon.

    Red Bull in London, UK - Designed by Jump Studios, the 1,860 sqm Red Bull HQ in London's Soho neighbourhood mirrors the many extreme sports the company sponsor with a dynamic interior including a three-storey video wall, slide, bar, café, a roof terrace with stunning views of the West End, and a striking reception desk that evokes the "patterns left by skaters, snowboarders, stunt planes, race cars and bikes."

    Selgas Cano Architecture in Madrid, Spain - In stark contrast to the other offices in this selection, the self-designed Selgas Cano work environment simply aims to connect staff to natural environment, remaining bright and airy with a 2cm thick curved window running the entire length of the structure.

    DTAC HQ in Bangkok, Thailand - The 62,000 sqm 20-storey headquarters of telecommunication company DTAC was designed by Australian firm Hassell and communicates the company's "play and learn" ethos with a circular library amphitheatre, indoor running track, table tennis tables, indoor football pitch, concert and performance spaces, and a roof terrance that overlook's Bangkok's stunning skyline.

    Mother London in London, UK - Designed by Chris Wilkinson Architects, advertising agency Mother London's HQ features a huge 250 ft long concrete table which fits up to 200 people. A stripped back, neutral design throughout the rest of the office helps make the table the central feature, while the 4.2m staircase which leads up to the room ensures it's entirely unmissable.

    Google in Tel Aviv, Israel - Each of Google's offices are more or less as impressive as the next one, making this a hard decision, but in the end we chose their Tel Aviv headquarters designed by Camenzind Evolution in collaboration with Setter Architects and Studio Yaron Tal. The 8,000 sqm campus occupies eight floors of the Electra Tower and offers stunning views of the city through its multiple themed rooms, each of which reflect a different aspect of the local culture. There's also three restaurants, relaxing "communication landscapes", and games rooms.

    • Want to make your offices 'impressive'? Get a slide.
    • John Posted 15 months ago · 98
    • 3 out of 10 have a slide, so nope
    • ryan Posted 15 months ago · 126
    • 7 out of 10 of them weren't impressive, so yep.
    • francis Posted 15 months ago · 65 Reply
    • Something about this seems pernicious to me. As seductive as these palaces appear, and despite some research which shows that workplace productivity is helped by a more pleasant working environment, my question is whether or not some point of diminishing returns has been reached - or even exceeded - by these over-the-top examples. What's more, I sense a subtext of unconscious - or maybe even conscious - promotion of a cultural shift toward the neo-feudal workplace. To the degree that the workplace is made ever more attractive - indeed more attractive than most of their workers' living spaces - the company is encouraging its workers to spend ever more time at work, to the point where their lives become essentially work-centric, where, at the extremes, going home after a work shift becomes an optional, not mandatory part of a normal day's routine. Eventually, virtually no moment of any day is out of the sight of, and ultimately control of, the employer. Workers in effect are "on call" 24-7, while they eat, sleep and recreate on company premises. This, to me, is a type of corporate totalitarianism, a type of hell just as confining, spiritually impoverishing, soul-sucking and outright evil, as life in the late and unlamented Stalinist Soviet Union.
    • William Irving Posted 15 months ago · 74
    • Or you know, you may actually enjoy what you do for work and find fulfillment in it.
    • Kris Posted 15 months ago · 71 Reply
    • Salary workers are part of being on call at all times. With higher salaries finding it more difficult to justify their income. And playing on the property of the employer makes it easier to earn the salary that is demanded by the worker. While my life involves weird arrangements that people will not easily believe.
    • Social engineering is part of dictatorships. Posted 15 months ago · 43 Reply
    • All I know is I'd much rather work in those than the grim and depressing places I've worked in in the past and I really doubt it would make me want to spend more time there once 5pm comes around.
    • Tom Posted 15 months ago · 74 Reply
    • I heard Corus cant actually use the slide because it would require some sort of safety officer on-hand at all times?? Fun idea though, I'd totally use it.
    • Dave Posted 15 months ago · 61
    • Although the Corus Slide initially had some licensing and safety hurdles to overcome, it now is open to all staff for thier use and enjoyment.
    • Loving the slide Posted 15 months ago · 68 Reply
    • Inspiring all of them, so gives me something to work on here were we have 2 storeys, and no slide in sight. maybe we could start with one of those builders rubble shoots? Good idea. Communal areas and relaxation feature highly. I think that's true of a good employer, whatever the provision.Thanks for inspiring us.
    • Lesley Cutts Posted 14 months ago · 80 Reply
    • These all are "golden cages".Corus building got some cheap finishes inside and it is really ugly from outside, parking monthly is out of reach for employee (300$ a month) clearly not aimed for average Joe.Even the shuttle mini bus was canceled from union station...
    • Don Diego Rodrigues de Silva Velasquez Posted 14 months ago · 82 Reply
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