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.
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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.