20 Inspiring Offices Around the World (Part 1) 

The design world encourages and inspires us in almost every aspect of our lives, whether you realize it or not. It wasn’t until recently though that modern and forward-thinking design became commonplace in the office space. How funny is that? One third of your whole life spent in the office, and no one ever bothered to spruce things up a bit? Well, things have changed. Modern companies are realizing more and more that their most important asset is their employees. As such, providing the right environment has been found as necessary to encourage the right culture and inspire greatness.

From green and renewable to modern and sleek, these companies have tailored some brilliant spaces to lushly accommodate their employees. I’ve parsed through hundreds and narrowed down a list of just 20 offices spread between 20 different countries – yup, that’s one per country. Don’t get too too jealous though; a lot of these companies could be hiring.

1. REWE Digital Offices – Cologne, Germany

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20 Inspiring Offices Around the World (Part 1)  | Design Made Happy

There comes a point in time where things of old must be replaced or re-inhabited by the new. Speaking of… What happened to all those empty factories from the industrial revolution? Ah yes! They are all being converted into ultra modern office spaces.

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Photos from officesnapshots.com

Photographer: Jens Kirchner

Such is the case with the recently completed factory renovation that now houses REWE digital offices, among others. Open plan is the name of the game, with modular common and relaxation areas positioned in the center of the room and work stations strategically clustered about the outer rim. Colors are scattered throughout an overall white backdrop. Casual, playful, simplistic.

2. Comvert – Milan, Italy

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Photo from: archdaily.com

Photography by Giuliano Berarducci & studiometrico

Here’s another case of a warehouse remodel, but this one has quite a twist. The story goes that Comvert – a snowboard and skateboard company selling under the name brand name Bastard – wanted an all-inclusive design for their HQ. This meant the flagship store, offices, and primary warehouse would all be located within the same building. Maybe even a place to test their gear, if they could squeeze it. And squeeze it they did, with a massive skating bowl and halfpipe drop-in sitting just atop the stocking and across the room from creative’s workspace. Talk about inspiration for your work. This feat won the architects building of the year by ArchDaily in 2009.

3. Fintech Fusion Incubator Offices – Geneva, Switzerland

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The devil is in the details at the new Fintech Fusion offices, and those details make this space an amazing example of what modern start-up incubators should look and feel like. While the changes made within the building were quite extensive, the true brilliance shines through in the various common areas. Each area differs in size, atmosphere and traffic patterns to provide plenty of collaborative opportunities for multiple groups.

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Photography by Foto-Jaunt

Look even more closely at the decorating and patterns to find color palettes and visual motifs that were inspired by the visual security elements of Swiss banknotes. Seems appropriate for an incubator focused on financial technology start-ups.

4. Spacekraft Coworking Offices – Burnaby, Canada

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Photo from officesnapshots.com

Photography by Foto-Jaunt

Sometimes, the local coffee shop or library just isn’t enough when you’re trying to be productive or pursuing your next entrepreneurial endeavor. That’s where Spacekraft Coworking Offices come in. Catered specifically to small business owners in the design and technology fields, Spacekraft provides a communal, collaborative space often only found in major corporate HQs. Co-working spaces have begun sprouting up worldwide, and this particular example does so beautifully with a space juxtaposed between craft and technology.

While this is but a humble list of a few newer venues, it gives a good taste of some of the most inspiring office spaces out there and where design for office spaces is headed. More and more companies have opted for forward-thinking designs when opening up their HQ’s which has led to new philosophies springing forth when designing work spaces. If you work in an office or with a company that you think is just the bee’s knees, tell us about it below! You might just end up featured in the next roundup post.

 


Article by: Joseph Vint

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