Office Design That Inspires
Imagine an office space that when you wake up Monday morning you look forward to going to work and starting the week as soon as possible. The best companies know that the best way to keep their offices running productively is by keeping their staff happy.
Modern offices are increasingly looking like living rooms, cafes, and coworking spaces. The purpose of this is twofold; to give the organization a unique identity, and keep the staff happy to come to work.
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What better way to work than doing it outdoors? The ad agency TBWA Hakuhodo in Tokyo has installed natural lawns in its office spaces. Staff can work on the grass and relax on the lawns during breaks.
Twitter’s offices in San Francisco are done in the form of a large bird’s nest with an open office design. The social networking company keeps up with a birdy theme complete with a cafeteria known as the #theperch.
Groupon offices have island spaces complete with giant boulders, caverns for cubicles and giant swings for relaxation. Microsoft’s offices are retro chic with rich blues, pale greens and lots of natural wood.
Instead of the usual hallway and cubicles setting, Square’s offices in San Francisco were designed in a town setting. There is an avenue with open cubicles along the way. Staff congregates in a coffee bar called the town square during breaks and meetings.
LinkedIn’s office in New York has three kitchens and one of them is called Tavern on the Blue after the famous restaurant in New York’s central park.
Some companies go for unexpected designs. One would hardly expect Facebook to use a chalkboard in the boardroom, which is what they have in their office in Tel Aviv.
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Pixar has a warehouse theme complete with a locked gate. However, inside they have a lap pool, gardens and an oversized Luxo Jr. and his ball.
Kickstarter opted for a wooden workshop look with a rough-hewn wooden boardroom table in a library like setting with successful Kickstarter projects stacked on the shelves.
Quicken loans in Chicago mixes sporty with retro. There is a pool table in the office fashioned as a Ford Mustang. There is also a basketball court and staff can whizz along on scooters.
A sporty theme is what the broadcasting company OneFootball chose for their offices. There is a winding track just like the one at a track athletics field winding through the office and ending up at a penalty area. Staff can kick penalties during breaks.
Ogilvy & Mather’s Jakarta office features a playground theme with the stairs converted into slides doubling up as workstations.