Google Campus in Madrid. Pic from jump-studios.com.
Offices of today are not nearly as dull and soul-destroying as they were in the past. There’s been a drive around the world to create workspaces that are inspiring, creative zones that boost productivity and excite employees.
Below we round up five cutting-edge international office spaces that are so hip and handsome we reckon if we worked there we’d never want to go home.
tom dixon’s atrium office in london
Officially opened in May 2016, Atrium is a seriously slick co-working space for start-ups and entrepreneurs designed and kitted out by British designer Tom Dixon. The state-of-the-art venue is fitted with 600 work stations (both private offices and hot desking zones), a restaurant, events space, courtyard, innovation lab and custom lighting and furniture that borders on art.
australia post offices in melbourne
You wouldn’t expect the offices of a postal service to be revolutionary when it comes to design, and yet the workspace of Australia Post is just that and more. The layout of this remarkable venue reflects the company’s focus on encouraging collaboration and innovation and enhancing employee well-being. Each of the six floors that the business spans has its own design theme supported by local furniture and lighting, and the office features everything from sit-to-stand desks and informal retreat zones to winter garden rooms.
kwerk in paris
With an interior that feels part high-end hotel and part contemporary gallery, Kwerk is nothing like your average office. This eccentric 24/7 shared working space in Paris’s business district has been filled with the quirkiest of touches by architect Albert Angel and entrepreneur Lawrence Knights, including gigantic Balinese sculptures, confession booths, garden terraces and a dedicated yoga and meditation studio.
google co-working campus in madrid
Google is renowned for creating offices that provide stimulating environments for workers, and its sixth campus in Madrid, Spain follows suit. The five-storey master work space was designed by Jump Studios within an old battery factory and contains everything a creative could possibly need to be productive: private booths and lounge areas, a triple-volume auditorium, plenty natural light, mobile breakout benches, colour-coded meeting rooms, contemporary art on the walls and graphic design details inspired by Madrid’s urban landscape.
airbnb office in san francisco
Airbnb’s incredible open-plan office was designed by the Gensler team to reflect the company’s young, dynamic ethos and to give employees a choice as to where and how they want to work on any given day. Many of the different zones and meeting areas were inspired by different accommodation options listed on Airbnb, and the whole workspace has a very human, homely (albeit still cutting-edge) feel to it – there’s even a library, full-service kitchen and dining room.
Read about five creative offices in South Africa in our HL July 2016 issue.