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.
Here is Part 2 of our Inspiring Offices Around the World Series:
5. Reward Gateway Offices – London, England
Photography is by Area Sq
“Let’s make the world a happier place to work”, reads the wall as you enter the brand new offices of Reward Gateway. As a forward-thinking company that provides employee benefits packages to their clients, it made sense to create an employee-centric workspace that focused on employee happiness and retention. Area Sq designed the space beautifully to encourage social encounters through traffic zones and accommodate an agile working model. Along with the casually communal work spaces, this new design provides various unique spaces including a secret garden, reflection room, and fully stocked library.
6. Airbnb – Singapore
Photos from https://vulcanpost.com/555331/airbnbs-new-singapore-office-will-make-you-want-to-throw-your-resumes-at-them/
“At Airbnb we want to create the sense of travel when we welcome people into our office…”
… And they meant it. The entire 3 story office space is filled with unique rooms and spaces that each perfectly mimic a real location listing from the Airbnb site. Rooms are represented from around the world, and Airbnb employees not only picked the listings themselves but also had the opportunity to assist in recreating those spaces. That’s pretty cool. Common spaces are equally as impressive, giving homage to traditional Singapore design while incorporating new and exciting design ideas.
7. De Alliantie – Hilversum, Netherlands
Photography by Peter Cuypers
Steel, concrete and natural light wood installments make up the inside of this newly renovated office building from the 70s. And it’s absolutely stunning. Perhaps the most noteworthy intervention in this project is the void that reaches from the first floor all the way up to the fourth, connecting and flooding light through the various departments of de Alliantie, a Dutch housing corporation.
Surrounding the void and steel stairways on each floor are different types of spaces encouraging casual interactions among employees from different departments. These spaces include a library, restaurant and lobby, as well as kitchenettes for each level. In all, the atrium surrounding the void makes up the heart of a fresh take in this old space.
8. Trustpower Offices – Tauranga, New Zealand
The photography by Courtesy of Vidak
This brand new office design, completed in 2016, was built to house over 500 working employees. Completed collaboratively by Veldhoen + Company (the building itself) and Warren & Mahoney (the interior), this space accommodates the “active based working” philosophy to encourage an atmosphere centered around the people working there. Not even the CEO has his own dedicated workspace, though employees do have dedicated places to store their belongings each day.
Article by: Joseph Vint
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