If you think offices are dull spaces where the employees are crunched together in cubicles to work all day tirelessly, then think again. The world is moving at a pace never seen before, and so are office spaces. From bold coloured facades to technology-infused interiors, the workspaces are now both aesthetically pleasing and eco-friendly. Here are 10 fascinating global office spaces that may change how you view offices.
While this list features some of the biggest conglomerates in the world, size doesn’t matter when it comes to creating fascinating office interior designs. SelgasCano, based out of Madrid, Spain, has one of a kind office interiors, in the real sense of the phrase. Designed by Spanish architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano, the office is half underground and rest above ground, with a scintillating and relaxing view of the woods surrounding the office. Less about quirky walls and thrilling game zones, SelgasCano offers a relaxed work environment away from big corporate boardrooms and harsh indoor lighting.
Situated in Hyderabad, Google India’s headquarters office gives its western counterparts a run for their money. Housing over 6,500 employees, Google ensures that it is more than just work that the employees want to come back for. The office is equipped with brightly lit gaming zone areas, which offers table tennis, pool, foosball, XBOX and much more, to help the employees take a break and relax. The vibrant colours and lighting added to the mix, along with their exceptional café at the ground floor is an aesthetic feast.
Conforming to the new-age notion, IndieCampers’ office interior design responds to the contemporary theme. It conveys the brand image of the company, which is exclusively working in the arena of nature tourism based out of Lisbon, Portugal. Designed by Paralelo Zero, an interior design and architecture firm in Portugal, the space was envisioned to bring harmony to some shortcomings, which included workstations, meeting points and establishing the distinctive brand image through a careful selection of raw materials. The structuring and the selection of the raw materials were made in a manner to create a sense of comfort, welcoming the environment which defines the whole existence of IndieCampers’ culture.
The commercial workspace of Airbnb, the American vacation rental online marketplace headquartered in San Francisco, redesigned their office space to a new avatar. The best interior designers from the Airbnb Environments Team, boutique interior design firm IDF Studio and architectural firm WRNS Studio worked in tandem to strip the office down to the bare minimum, and then restructure it from scratch.
Created with its core principle of ‘belong anywhere’, the floors have been curated to match cities from around the globe and give off local vibes. Imitating Jaipur, Kyoto and Amsterdam, the levels mimic these cities. At the same time, the meeting rooms are inspired by existing Airbnb listings from around the world, enabling employees to travel throughout the day.
Indio da Costa Offices
Termed as one of the most influential architects in Brazil, Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa has been a part of many residential and commercial projects that have changed Rio De Janeiro’s landscape over the years. Along with many of his exquisite works, the office which he started in 1972 has become his portfolio’s showstopper. Spread across an area of 7,000 sq. Ft., it is located where once was a house built in the 1930s. Through adaptive interior designs and space refurbishing, the office was given its new look in 2006.
Built to match the openness of its surroundings, the new office was built on the pillars of integration with nature. Modern architecture reaps the benefits of natural cross-ventilation, and water walls do their job to help keep high temperatures at bay. Coupled with screening rooms, workrooms, a large reception and an exhibition hall, the office of Indio Da Costa is one of the prime examples of commercial interior design that takes innovation up a few notches.
Curated by the architecture and design studio Dalia Sadany Dezines, the Cairo office of cybersecurity experts Trend Micro sparks a balance between being an office and cultural experience. The office design pays its respect to the rich history of ancient Egypt through its décor, and the amount of history displayed rivals that in some grand museums.
Formerly a university theatre built in the 1960s, the building had seen a fair share of inhabitants before Trend Micro leased it in 2017 to design it as their headquarters. Before it was designed, the studio carried out thorough research with the help of experts, majorly an Egyptologist and cybersecurity professional. The study yielded out similarities between the modern era and ancient Egypt, predominantly in the field of security, including passwords, firewalls and mazes. The designs were then ideated to incorporate both the points in human history and create a carefully studied interior design to enhance one’s experience.
Digital Luxury Group
Digital Luxury Group’s Geneva office is home to an interior that is both elegant and luxurious, true to the idea and vision behind the company. The brainchild of the designers at Bloomint Design, the office space sparks the perfect balance between style and aesthetics, making it an experience in itself for the employees, the clients and anyone who visits.
Often termed as the office designed to not feel like an office, there is no reception inside the space. Instead, the focus was shifted to flexibility, and thus the best office interior design came into the picture. A series of spaces adorn the area, built specifically to encourage relaxation and concentration in a unique mix. The elegance is added with minimal, yet modern furniture, while serenity hovers in the air in the form of cloud-shaped floating lights.
A company that started with monthly product subscription boxes for dogs (BarkBox), Bark & Co has now expanded their services to toys, dental care, and accessories, all for dogs, along with pet adoption outreach and dog-friendly live events. As the company grew, so did its staff, and so did its space requirements. Therefore, the Bark Box division in Columbus, Ohio, enlisted the architecture firm NBBJ to design their office at Gravity, a unique living and working space.
As 50 dogs roam the space every day, the office is designed to withstand all unplanned accidents and dirty paws of the inhabitants. With toy-lined walls, dog art, thematic cushion covers and house-themed conference rooms, the brand’s identity is displayed across the space. Lounge seats and desks are next to each other for comfort and lined with wipeable fabric so the humans and their companions can enjoy their time together while working. The space also has an outdoor dog run that offers the canines a place to exercise and have fun.
Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, JoyTunes is a startup home to an application that uses unique and engaging methods to teach people to play the piano. Spread over 7,000 sq. Ft., their office was redesigned in 2018 by the architectural firm Roy David Studio. The space was envisioned to reflect the thought that no matter the person, they can learn and play music.
With a wooden stage in the centre designed for performances, the music literally takes centre stage at the office of JoyTunes. Additionally, the stage is directly under the skylight of the Structure, allowing natural light to pour in a spotlight for the performers. Each workstation is complemented by organic elements, natural greenery and adjustable light features that hang from the ceiling, adding the unique industrial and modern interior design of the space. Additionally, custom music pieces are displayed near the centre stage to represent the vibrant and inspiring work the company does.
Ever wondered what would Earth look like if it was scaled down to a building? Slack’s headquarters in San Francisco is the closest you can get to the answer. The business software company that helps millions of people work with their teams has a unique way of working themselves. Each floor of their office is a different journey altogether and represents a different region of the Pacific Crest Trail.
While the lobby acts as a base camp for the employees to meditate in structures similar to a tent before they start their ascent, the floors include themes of forests, mountains and deserts, identical to the trail. Designed by Studio O+A, the employees are often motivated to halt their work and begin an exploring session, much like in the wilderness. The glass panels add to the aesthetics of the office, as they change colours when viewed from different angles, similar to the light that hits the glacier.