Seriously Cool Workplaces

February 14, 2019 7:23 am by admin
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Seriously Cool Workplaces

We thought twice before filing this under Home Office Designs but decided to go ahead, because we believe if you are seeking inspiration before designing your home office, you should definitely take a look at these. This is how the Pros do it. It is not uncommon for corporate giants to woo their employees by giving them designer workplaces. Guessing by these images, who wouldn’t be enticed?

The Pixar office shown above is designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

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Probably with no surprise to you reading this, Google has got to be on this list.  All of Google’s offices are seriously cool, with features within the London office such as: snugs, a roof terrace, an allotment and many different great looking rooms.

The last picture shows a slide that people can use to go between floors. Yee-hah! There are many more pictures here.

While it’s not as fancy as some of the other offices shown here, it works great and it shows how much you can do for almost no money – In just one room we have workplaces, meeting space and plenty of floor space for workshop exercises or plain old fun.

Who says government offices must be boring. Mindlab at the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs in Copenhagen, Denmark is a meeting facility available to all employees.

Do you think people can dream up movies like Finding Nemo, Incredibles, Wall-E in regular office cubicles? No Chance!

What If? Innovation were celebrated as the UK’s happiest workplace in both 2004 and 2005. I visited their London HQ last week for a grand tour, and here are some of the highlights: Looking in the window on the combined reception and meeting space. A great idea that creates a hub for everyone in the company.

This has got to be the coolest idea in a long time. 7 people pedal along, one steers. It’s the conference bike and I want one!! While it’s not a workplace, it would make a great meeting room!!

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Here are some pictures from Red Bull’s London office. Shiny!

But what about industry? You could never create, say, a really cool car assembly plant could you?

What could your workplace learn from some of the designs shown here?

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What a great way to create a fun, different home office. Kathy talks about it here.

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The heart of it is an egg-shaped meeting room inside which all the walls are whiteboards – you can write on any surface in there. This was designed by Bosch & Fjord.

And I’m not talking about the outside of the building. Many companies have buildings that are sleek, modern, architectural glass-steel-and-cement sculptures on the outside – and cubicle wastelands on the inside. These companies need to remember that most employees tend to work inside the building.

Sure you could. Check out the Volkswagen Phaeton plant in Dresden, Germany:

I’ve also created a flickr set with all the images of cool workplaces.

Being situated in a nice area of town, they can even take meetings outside on the sidewalk. Again, this shows that creating a fun, innovaticve office environment doesn’t require a huge budget – just a little common sense, creativity and a willingness to risk doing something different.

The last picture shows a row of little huts, each of which is an office. The pictures are from this cool photo tour of the Pixar HQ.

TBWA is a global advertising company working with Apple and Adidas and they used Klein Dytham‘s services to convert an amusement complex to a rather amusing office.

Who says a factory has to be ugly and dirty? That plant is simply beautiful! The photos were taken from this photo tour where you can see many more cool pictures. There’s also more at the plant’s website.

The physical workspace is one of the most ignored, yet most important factors in creating good workplaces. None of the ideas shown here will apply to every company, but most companies could stand to improve a little. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money but it does take a little creativity and courage.

Who wouldn’t love to work for Pixar, being surrounded by your childhood all day and contributing to the next generation’s childhood?  Not only that, if you have children, you would literally be the coolest parent ever!  After reading a little bit into Pixar, not only does it seem to be one of the best places to work, it also seems to be one of the hardest places to get into; one part in particular I read about was somebody’s interview process; seeing 2 people every half an hour, for 8 hours – Imagine!  However when you look at the office you get to work in, it is all worth it.

If your company produces an energy drink, your offices better show it. Check out Red Bull’s office designed by Jump Studios.

With that in mind, here’s some eye candy from 10 different innovative, well-designed workplaces.

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Kathy Sierra, who writes one of the best blogs in existence, created her home office in a vintage trailer.

Physical space matters. It’s easier to be productive, creative and happy at work in a colourful, organic, playful environment than in a grey, linear, boring one.

Quite honestly, none of us here would want to work at Google. With hammock workspaces, recliners (and relaxing aquariums to stare at while you are in them), massage parlours, personalised cabins, slide-downs between floors, we are pretty much sure of getting carried away and having ourselves fired!

Could you sit in grey cubicles and come up with stuff like The Incredibles and Finding Nemo? Naaaaah… And that’s why Pixar’s offices look more like this:

Yes, yes, I know – using Google here is almost too predictable. But they get it, dammit! Their HQ, the Googleplex is seriously cool and creative.

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We (=The Happy At Work Project) wanted something simple, fun, flexible and practical for our office. The central piece is a high desk where three people can comfortably work side by side. You can stand or sit on high office chairs. Up to 8 people can meet around it. Everything you see there is from IKEA, and setting up the whole office with workspaces for 3 people cost us about 1000 euros.

Now this office if definitely the one for me, taking a look at the images, this office seems to have been dragged straight out of a sci-fi movie.  Great futuristic, spectacular and elegant design.

So from the name, we can see that Inventionland brings new products to world.  As you can imagine they need a very wild and wacky environment to get their imaginations running wild.  So when I mean wild, I mean; a racetrack, treehouse, boot, caves, castles, boats and more.  What an environment to be in.

Praise for employees is written across the walls and ceiling in the hub area.

Three Rings Design opted for old world charm over the ultra-modern style. This office was designed by Because We Can.

So after seeing some really good looking images of offices and workplaces and hearing about what particular workplaces do to keep their staff motivated, I thought I’d share my particular favourites (obviously not including The Workplace Depot, that blows all of these out the water).  So some of the really cool places to work, in my opinion:

Menlo Innovations is a software development company in Ann Arbor Michigan. They do all their programming work using eXtreme Programming, and while their offices aren’t particularly fancy to look at, they are ideally suited to the work they do.

Now if you’re like me and you enjoy nothing better than a cold beer at the end of the week, then this job could be right up your street.  After crawling the web, I found this brilliant company that want their staff to enjoy their products.  How do they do this?  They give them 2 free cases of beer (of their choice) every month – who needs fancy offices?

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