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5 Cool Offices To Work In.
Office culture is huge, and as somebody that spends their working life in one, I can say there is something to be said for having an awesome working environment. (I’m one of the lucky ones in an amazing office!) Here's my pick of 5 of the most amazing offices in the world of business.
Lego Office – Billund, Denmark
With values of ‘fun’, ‘unity’, ‘creativity’, ‘innovation’, ‘imagination’ and ‘sustainability’ in mind when the office was being designed, you can of course expect the office to be something special. Having been designed by two Danish architects Rune Fjord and Rosan Bosch, the offices are bright and colourful and above all creative, reflecting the iconic product perfectly. Open plan with a slide, it positively encourages ideas and creativity, ideal for a toy brand.
Corus Quay – Toronto, Canada
Having opened in 2011, the Corus Quay Building in Toronto has already become an iconic building in the city. Housing Corus Entertainment with more than 1,000 employees, it is one of the most impressive buildings on the new waterfront development. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the incredible interior was created and implemented by Quadrangle Architects who received awards for their design on the building. Featuring a living vegetated wall, art installations by Troika, a view of Lake Toronto and of course the ubiquitous slide, the Corus Quay Building is a light, airy and inspiring place to work.
Skype Headquarters – Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden is known for its quirky and cool Scandinavian style, and Stockholm is the jewel in its crown. The Swedish company Skype therefore of course has its headquarters based there. With room for 100 employees, the architectural firm pS Arkitekturm designed the space in the former brewery. The interior mimics that of the Skype logo, the cloud, so the colours are fun colours inspired by the technology’s graphics with bubbly furniture. A fun, stylish and informal office, it encourages hard work and play.
Google UK Headquarters – London, UK
A list of cool and innovative offices wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the search engine giant Google’s offices. However, instead of focussing on the main headquarters in California, I’m going to look at the recently renovated Google UK headquarters in London. The interior designers PENSON were given the spec to create a vibrant and inspiring workplace in the 160,000 square foot area, and they certainly didn’t disappoint with their granny chic interiors and secret rooftop garden. Undoubtedly one of the coolest offices in London, it must be an awesome place to work.
Red Bull Offices – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Red Bull is meant to give you wings, so that is perhaps the specifications given when designing their amazing offices in Amsterdam at an old ship yard. The architect Sid Lee showcases the cool, edgy and funky side of the brand. Highlights include the incredible mosaic washrooms, the lighting installations and the visually stunning geometric walls. Added to that a guaranteed high red bull consumption, it must be one fun, buzzing and fast paced environment to work in!
So there you have it, 5 amazingly cool offices to work in. Happy workers means better output, something that these highly successful businesses have realised. Check out this hubpage about office ideas that anybody can implement here.