Some of today’s leading companies have discovered that people are more creative, motivated and efficient when they are happy in their environment. Here are four super-cool workspaces that will inspire your next office renovation.
If you’re one of the world’s big technology companies, it’s expected that your office is going to be seriously ‘out of this world’. There are several contenders, with Apple’s impending spaceship-shaped ‘Apple Campus 2’ making big promises. But the crown belongs to the company that started the office revolution: Google.
Immortalised in the 2013 film, The Internship, the Google office features slippery slides, fireman’s poles, an assortment of weird and wonderful ‘meeting pods’, theatres, games rooms with wall-sized screens, swing chairs, massage chairs, lounge chairs, bean bags, aquariums and even a bathtub or two. It’s more playground than workspace, but Google is one of the world’s most successful enterprises, consistently sitting ahead of the curve on innovation. There’s something to be said for a little bit of childlike fun in the day and the guys behind Google clearly know it. Check out Google’s Zurich Office.
Old to new
There’s something magical about grand old buildings that have been sitting empty. Perhaps it’s the echoes of past glories or the possibility of futures fantastic. Many of yesteryear’s relics are getting a second life under the guidance of today’s bold new entrepreneurs.
One such building is Detroit’s old Madison Theatre. The Madison was redeveloped by Dan Gilbert, the billionaire founder of Quicken Loans in the United States. He wanted to create a dedicated space for new technology startups to get their feet on solid ground before they scale up to bigger things. It’s not just about the impressively renovated space, but about providing the investment and business support that helps bright young things through those crucial first couple of years. Take a look at The Madison.
Rags to riches
Is there anything that gives us more hope than a story about a successful company that started in someone’s living room? That’s exactly the way the internet’s shooting star Airbnb started off, where a couple of guys letting out their spare room turned into a worldwide phenomenon. Their online home-stay accommodation booking service has now sprung up in 33,000 cities over 192 countries. So, how do you reflect that sort of business in your office? These lads have decided to recognise their accommodation providers by replicating some of the most unique places in their head office. Here’s a peek – Airbnb.
The ultimate pot plant
Anyone who has sat staring at a grey-carpet cubicle wall for long has found themselves dreaming about kicking back somewhere lush and natural. This desire to bring the outdoors in, in a corporate sense, has resulted in an emerging industry where rooftop gardens, green-plant walls, indoor streams and floating parks are the new must-have office accessories.
The folks at Selgas-Cano Architecture in Madrid went for it when they constructed offices that feel totally immersed in nature. By using a combination of modern materials with ancient ideas, they have built an office space that is both environmentally friendly and inspiring to work in. See Selgas-Cano Architecture.
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