We all know about the wacky offices of Google and Facebook. If anything, they’ve become a tech industry trope. But there are some incredibly creative office spaces out there, and we can’t help but be a little tempted…
Moo truly represents its brand in an office space inspired by a printer’s swatch palette. Working in such a bright space, surrounded by your product is a great way to motivate employees. Not only is every room themed around a different colour, but the stationery cupboard must be amazing!
Biggest perk: easy to remember the room name
Biggest risk: spending the afternoon covering things with stickers “to test the product”
We love London, but occasionally swapping Shoreditch for the Sherwood forest is tempting. Selgas Cano have done just that, building their glass office tunnel in the woods in Madrid. The office inside is equally stylish, with a split white and green floor marking out desk space and corridor in the open plan space.
Biggest perk: natural light – it’s amazing how much more awake it makes you feel!
Biggest risk: not being able to hear yourself think when it rains
It might not look like the most amazing office you’ve ever seen, but it’s actually the greenest commercial building in the world. It’s powered by solar panels, runs on rainwater and even composts its own sewage. Yet they didn’t skimp on design or location – the view is stunning and, whilst not a radical design innovation, the offices are sleek and open.
Biggest perk: saving the planet
Biggest risk: not bringing your coffee in a reusable cup
Bahnhof ‘White Mountain’
The clue is in the name – it’s in a mountain! Well, actually, it’s a cave 100ft below Stockholm. But the main thing is it looks like an evil supervillain lair and we want it. Now.
Biggest perk: inspiring environment and Bond villain credentials
Biggest risk: claustrophobia, lack of natural light and people not believing where you work
We thought cardboard boxes were just for moving in, but Dutch creative agency Nothing made their whole office out of them. And it’s mighty impressive. The range of workspaces created suit all needs – from group spaces to individual desks, as well as a meeting rooms. We also love the tiny details – doodles around plug sockets and and skirting boards.
Biggest perk: finding all the quirks and details; it’s a beautiful office!
Biggest risk: let’s just say we hope that cardboard mezzanine’s sturdy…
Office disputes solved with a duel – whoever loses walks the plank! Inventionland has a huge range of creative workspaces from a fairytale castle to a racing track. The theory is that these spaces will inspire playfulness and creativity – just what’s needed for inventing new products
Biggest perk: endless fun and an inability to get bored in the workplace
Biggest risk: spending the afternoon playing pirates instead of working
What makes it so awesome? Ping pong table, DJ booth, smoothie maker, unlimited snacks, free Red Bull + beer, and some great tech/music/media companies to share with (including Mixcloud, JustGo, Pitch’d and Open Ear Music). Working in a dynamic space with other innovative startups help people generate new ideas and share experience. Plus, there’ll always be someone in the office who shares your taste in music!
Fancy it? You can actually move in now!
Biggest perk: great teams to work alongside making a brilliant office atmosphere
Biggest risk: having to buy a round after losing the office ping pong league