- The 10 Most Impressive Offices In The World
- Posted 25 months ago by Jack Lowe · Art & Design · 57184 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.
- 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 25 months ago · 173
- 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 25 months ago · 139 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 25 months ago · 195 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 25 months ago · 188 Reply