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A look inside some of the coolest office spaces in the world

Updated on July 22, 2015

They say that if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life. Maybe it’s true for some and for others, they strive to find that balance. But what are some of the things that contribute to a pleasant work life? Colleagues, boss, flexi time and benefits are some, but what about the working atmosphere itself? The design of the office can create quite a positive or negative ambient and says quite a bit about a company. Check out these awesome office interiors from around the world and you decide for yourself:

Autodesk, Tel Aviv

Our search for the coolest office spaces brings us to the international business hub of Tel Aviv and to the site of Autodesk, a 2D and 3D design software company. The company in fact stresses a very flexible work area that is also dog-friendly. Yes, employees can actually bring their dogs to work. The design that was carried out here by Setter Architects, is one that embodies the creativity and flexible working environment that Autodesk strives for with its employees. You’ll find here three dimensional walls, which lead into open working spaces. There are also little meeting nooks that almost look like restaurant booths for employees to get away and hold an informal meeting or do a bit of brainstorming. The area is also a sustainable workplace that was built according to the guidelines of the US Green Building Council, and how about that view? A design that totally embraces the amazing 360 degree view. Not a bad place to spend 8 hours a day, don’t you think?

Stone Italiana, Verona

Our next pick takes us to an ultra-chic setting in the town of Romeo and Juliet. In Verona you’ll find the headquarters for Italian company, Stone Italiana, a cutting-edge manufacturer of recomposed quartz and marble surfaces. For Italians who pride themselves on their design with the 'Made in Italy' label, the interior of the Stone Italiana office was no different. Designed by Italian architect Silvia Dalla Valle, several structures throughout the contemporary office actually use the company’s products. The entrance of the headquarters may actually be described as breathtaking. A three-flight staircase constructed by Italian staircase contractor, Fontanot welcomes visitors, a customized satin steel structure, designed to hold the recomposed quartz treads produced by Stone Italiana specifically for the project.

Coca Cola, London

Our next stop is to the Old Smoke and one of our favorite chilled beverages: Coca Cola. Recently designed in 2014, the London headquarters of Coca Cola puts a focus on the longstanding tradition of the brand. With a large staircase that runs through the center of the establishment, you’ll find several old fashioned advertisements and memorabilia of Coca Cola that will be like taking a step back in time and watching the evolution of the iconic brand over the years. A true tribute to such a legendary brand, this space provides the best cozy place to get some work done. I wonder if employees are treated to free coca cola as well!

Mojang, Stockholm

Home is where the heart is. Or for Mojang, a Swedish video game developer, where you come to work hard every day. Rather than that edgy, contemporary and minimalistic vibe we've been seeing in most recent office designs, Mojang gives you that warm and cozy feeling of being at your Grandma’s house. Leather seating, wooden floors and chairs, plaid carpeting and dim lighting add a relaxed vibe to the office. There’s even a kitchen with an island and a long banquet table that makes it feel like Sunday dinner with colleagues during the week for lunch. A pool table for some down time as well as sofas and a cinema room make breaks in Mojang even more pleasant.

Google, Zurich

Finally on our list…you knew it was coming: Google. I’ve visited the Google offices in Milan and it was the epitome of cool, from bean bag chairs to pool tables. But the Zurich office is truly something to write home about. A layout that takes up 5 floors, each floor has a different theme. One has a theme of the Alps with hanging railway cabins to make a conference call or take a meeting. Then there is a slide that transports employees to a dining area, or if you don’t fancy this mode of transport, hop on the pole, like that you’ll find in a fire station. The pole drops you into this tropical-like area with little pods you can use to get some privacy. This is all just the beginning: an aquarium room, gym, game room, a place to shoot hoops, you name it, Google has thought of it and realized it in this amazing space. It may just be y favorite!

There you have it,my top five. Where would you most like to work? You never know, they may be hiring!

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Some of these spaces are way too gorgeous work in. Voted up as too cool for school, or work or anything but leisure for that matter.

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      Amanda 2 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Wow, those are some unique workplaces! I wonder if they've kept before/after notes or done studies to see whether performance and factors such as overall morale, loyalty, and even public image increase or decrease (such as if a work environment got a little TOO comfy or fun!). I think it's a great concept, making the building and office space somewhere that people actually WANT to be. In theory they're then far more likely to remain energized and upbeat, increasing productivity and helping to ensure company loyalty.

      As for me, Google please! I strive for myself and say (well, in my head) that adults in general need to learn to not take themselves so seriously - just play and be silly sometimes. Slides and firemen poles? How fun! The decor and variety would certainly spark creativity, I'd think.

      I actually think I would dislike working at Stone Italiana. I can admire the architecture and design, but it's a beauty better viewed from a distance. To be surrounded by it would be stagnant, perhaps even suffocating, due to the minimalist style and lack of color. But that's just me; all a matter of preference, I suppose! And I bet the environment remains far tidier and more organized than other companies. Everything looks very efficient and disapproving of clutter - physically or mentally.

      VERY fun hub!

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      hubsy 2 years ago

      Hmm... Am considering quiting my job now... Great hub!

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Very interesting hub, if only all offices where this exciting, thanks for sharing, really well put together article, voted up, Lee

    • Chantelle Porter profile image

      Chantelle Porter 2 years ago from Chicago

      Wow, what a change from the bland grey cubicles some of us are forced to toil in day in and day out. I particularly liked the coke bottle lights. I think of all the companies I preferred Autodesk because it felt cozy and welcoming. Great article.

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