12 stimulating design offices to stir the senses
In the design world, office design is increasingly becoming a big deal. For some lucky agencies, long gone are the days of dull and drab cubicle spaces, with employers realising that creative surroundings can have a direct effect on their employees’ creativity.
Here we showcase 12 awesome design offices, which have been developed to accommodate all the creative needs of an artistic workforce. Which one would you like to work at?
Manchester-based communications agency Ubiquitouscombined ideas, design and technology to this ultra-stylish office revamp. They spent two months of solid hard graft to ensure they got the office looking just right - not only providing detailed designs but sourcing all the new materials for it themselves.
Features of this cool design office include tiled and wood panelled walls, atmospheric lighting, a bike mounted on a wall, big, bold typography and vintage-style furniture.
The company name in bold, stylish gold coloured type looks gorgeous against the newly wood panelled wallMeeting rooms have been kitted out with tiled walls and atmospheric lightingThe Ubiquitous team can now hang out in this cool vintage-style room
02. Google Japan
Gorgeous - but would you want to work here, or would the decor be too distracting?
Google Japan’s office is adorned with loud patterns and bright colours as well as a few inspirational examples of furniture design. Each team has their own specifically designed area that continues the theme of bold, brash and in-your-face design. Whilst this environment might not be to everyone’s taste, it’s still a pretty impressive office when it comes to the nine to five.
Earlier this year Rapt Studio gave Adobe's 260,000 square foot campus a brilliantly creative makeover. This exclusive video documents El Mac completing his spray paint mural. It's a one-of-a-kind project that centres the entire building around a piece of street art.
We love this stunning use of typography for one of Adobe’s meeting rooms
In addition to work by El Mac, tattoo and street artist Mike Giant has a mural showcased at the building. The design also features an employee café, full NBA-sized indoor basketball court, a game room named The Bunker, a fully equipped gym, and interactive artwork that is inspired by Adobe’s products.
Does your office have a chilled area like this? Ours neither!
04. Selgas Cano Architecture, Madrid
This beautiful studio is half under and half above ground level Image © Iwan Baan www.iwan.comEmployees get a beautiful, round the clock view from wherever they sit Image © Iwan Baan www.iwan.com
This gorgeous studio belongs to and was designed and created by Selgas Cano Architecture. Located in the middle of the woods in Madrid, half of the tube-like structure is underground while a glass canopy forms the rest.
The large window that runs the length of this modern day cave provides employees with a gorgeous, panoramic view around the clock.
05. Cartoon Network, Atlanta
We wonder how long it took to deck this awesome cubicle out with all those stickers…Cartoon Network employees get their own customise designed cubicle workspace
The Cartoon Network offices in Atlanta still adopt a cubicle system, which, in many circumstances, may not be the most exciting working environment. But this one is anything but dull. While employees may not be able to see each other, instead each individual’s workspace is personally customised.
Although many follow the theme of children’s TV, cubicles can be found full of allsorts, including bright, colourful furniture, cartoon characters, mascots, photos, stickers and magnets.
06. TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York
The TBWA New York offices has no allocated seating, meaning employees can sit wherever they choose each dayThe big, open space is filled with awesome design features, including sculptures and a red telephone box
Italian artist, designer and architect Gaetano Pesce was the brains behind this very cool New York office space for ad agencyTBWA. The outdoor-inspired design features a huge wide-open floor plan, full basketball court, big-screen TV, a classic London telephone box and even has trees growing inside of the building to give it a fresh feeling.
With no allocated desk spaces, the TBWA team are also encouraged to change seats each day to encourage impromptu encounters and collaborations.
07. Three Rings, San Francisco
Three Ring artists designed their own desks by drawing over the top of a template supplied by design studio Because We CanThe studio incorporates a hidden room behind this bookcase
This steampunk-inspired submarine office for game development studio Three Rings was created by Because We Can. The design-build studio developed workspaces for over 20 people, a game room, lounge and a secret room behind a bookshelf.
The overall design was inspired by Jules Verne’s novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Victorian parlours and pirate ships. Hidden gems lay all around the office, including games consoles concealed in treasure chests.
08. Mother London
This impressive table accommodates roughly 200 employees, who are required to change seats every six weeksBeautiful, unique, vintage furniture features in many Mother London meeting rooms
We have to admit, the studio of London-based ad agencyMother London leaves us with a serious amount of office space envy. Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, it’d take us a while to list all the cool features held within these four walls.
But our favourites include meeting rooms filled with quirky, one-off pieces of vintage furniture and, probably most impressive of all, the cool 250ft communal concrete table, which accommodates roughly 200 employees.
09. Fnuky, Adelaide
The working area of this ad agency features a fully stocked bar and luxury gold booths to relax inClients can relax and enjoy a drink from the agency’s fully stocked bar
And now for something completely different! Ok, so we’re not sure that the office of ad agency Fnuky is to everyone’s tastes but there’s no denying it’s certainly unique, not to mention brave! The design was inspired by Australian television series, Satisfaction, a show set in a high-class inner city brothel.
Agency co-founders Jeremy Ervine and David Campbell employed the services of Christine Rogers Interiors for the redesign. The result is an incredibly unpredicatable ad agency office, in which there is a fully stocked bar with controllable mood lighting system and luxury gold booths with chandeliers and quilted upholstery for more intimate meetings. Very sexy.
10. Inventionland, Pittsburgh
Inventionland developed 15 different sets for its employees to work in, including this cool race trackShip Ahoy! Inventionland staff are busy at work on this awesome pirate ship
Inventionland is the design facility of Pittsburgh-based invention promotion firm Davison Design & Development. But more importantly, it has offices unlike any we’ve ever seen. The 70,000sqft facility was designed with 15 different sets, created by the company itself and built almost entirely in-house.
Lucky employees get to work in the awesome surroundings of pirate ships, castles, robots and faux caves among other things. And that’s not all, the facility also has a state-of-the-art sound, video and animation studio and fully-equipped workshops for creating working prototypes of inventions. Jealous? We are!
11. Ogilvy & Mather, China
This interior design project was the first ever to receive the prestigious China’s Most Successful Design AwardThe Carnival of Ideas theme runs throughout the building, featuring merry-go-round horses and other amusement park themed attractions
We’re loving this carnival-inspired office belonging to international advertising, marketing and public relations agencyOgilvy & Mather in China. Designed by M Moser and Associates, the office was the first interior design project to receive China’s Most Successful Design Award in 2008.
The design, titled ‘A Carnival of Ideas’, incorporates merry-go-round horses, life-sized nutcrackers and lots of other cool amusement park- themed features.
12. Pixar, Emeryville
Pixar employees don’t work in regular office cubicles…The busy offices are full of inspiring decor, is that the wheels of a scooter we can see there?
An obvious one, we know. But we couldn’t do a list of awesome design offices without including animation giant Pixar. It’s hard to understand how the staff get any work done with so many things to play with but no wonder they come up with such great ideas with these surroundings.
Similar to the guys at the Cartoon Network offices, Pixar adopts a cubicle system for each employee, which are fully customised to their tastes. But that’s not all, every hallway and communal area is littered with life-size movie characters, space hoppers, scooters…the list goes on. The building even has it’s own cereal room! Cocoa pops anyone?
I sure want to work in these outrageously creative offices! I’d be looking forward to work every single day. There’s so much creativity that thinking of ideas and creating art would be insane.
November 19, 2013