While the modern age had brought us office cubicles and working conditions that can only be described as borderline inhumane, it had also seen the idea of an office taken to the next level. A number of companies, having realized how much they stand to gain by making their employees feel right at home, have created workplaces that truly are masterpieces in their own right. What do they all have in common?
Besides being the envy of everyone who works in just about any kind of office on the planet, these are the places where people come first and our natural inclination to be more productive in an interesting and stimulating environment is more important than a few square feet of space or saving by buying in bulk, and where offices are fit out with the most comfort for people in mind.
The tech giant is well-known for its somewhat quirky and decidedly unconventional approach on the traditional office. Google’s offices feature bright colors, slides, lounge areas and often almost a childlike vision of what a perfect workplace would be. They are vibrant, comfortable, funny and warm, providing a working environment worthy of Google’s stature and famous sense of humor.
White Mountain Office – Stockholm
This former anti-atomic shelter located a hundred feet below Stockholm has the whiff of extravagance and grandeur no Bond villain would find insufficient. The 4000 square feet home to Swedish internet service provider has a very modern, sleek look with rustic elements reminiscent of steam-punk and makes for one of the most unique workplaces found anywhere in the world.
Red Bull Office – London
Situated in the converted building of five old pubs in the middle of London, this Red Bull office was bound to be interesting solely for the character and history of the structure. Initially the floors were not the same height and the former pubs were not even connected. The designers have kept some of the original charm with a nod to the old times reflected in the fact that the reception becomes a bar at night.Offices are spacious, colorful, with a lounge-like vibe and plenty of interesting features aimed at boosting creativity of about a hundred Red Bull employees that call this place their home away from home.
Parliament – Portland, Oregon
Parliament has provided their employees with a work environment that can only be described as a modern take on the combination of a mountain cottage and a game-room. It features plenty of recycled materials, primarily wood, some of it salvaged from and old barn and a church and given and exquisite, glossy finish. The walls are covered with old street signs, posters and various objects referencing to popular culture. Some modern furniture and elements of industrial style are also thrown in the mix here and there, with a bearskin to top it all off.
Although all of these companies are very successful, that is not what made them throw away the corporate office handbook and go wild with the interior design. If it was, more successful companies would do the same, and we all know that is not how the world works. These and other companies with similar approach to workplace design differ from the rest because they take pride in their workers feeling good, not just being good workers.