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Springlab: Cape Town Office Photos

Published by on Mar 4th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Springlab’s doors are now officially open. Springlab is a new technology incubator based in Cape Town and setting out to foster entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The founders of Springlab are Eugen and Sheraan, who bring diverse local and international startup experience to the company. Strategic advisor Randolf Jorberg is renowned as one of Germany’s top online marketers and brand builders.

You can read more about Springlab here, but in the meantime, check out their interesting space in Cape Town below. (more…)

Airbnb’s conference room is modeled after a 1964 cult-classic

Published by on Dec 4th, 2013, No Comments

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Airbnb has raised a lot of money in venture capital. $326 million to be exact. And with that, they decided to pimp out their offices to quite some extent.

Founded in 2008, Airbnb is an online service, kind of like a social network, that provides a platform for people to rent unoccupied living space and other lodging. The spaces and lodging available for rent are generally targeted at people wanting to rent a venue or space for a private party.

Now, instead of following suit from other tech startups and g for the ever popular open-plan workspace, Airbnb drew some inspiration from pop culture.

The company decided to build a conference room for their software developers that is modeled after the iconic War Room in the Stanley Kubrick directed cult-classic, Dr. Strangelove. (more…)

Envato’s amazing new HQ

Published by on Nov 27th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Envato, the Australian company that specializes in online marketplaces including ThemeForest, Microlancer and Tuts+, has just received an office make-over, and it sure makes us a little envious!

The company’s headquarters is situated in Melbourne’s central business district. The three story building has quite the heritage – it was a school before it was converted into Envato’s HQ and, before the school, it was used as a storage facility for Ferguson’s Winery.

The re-design was done by Buro architects. Envato says that the guys at Buro completely understood their vision and translated their ideas into beautiful, yet functional spaces.  (more…)

Amazon’s planned new HQ

Published by on Oct 29th, 2013, No Comments

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The world’s largest online retailer, Amazon, is planning a amazingly big and out-there new office building and retail campus that might even rival Apple’s planned ‘spaceship’ campus.

Amazon’s planned new HQ will consist of an astonishing 3.3 million square foot office and retail campus. The design is also unlike anything the world has seen – massive glass buildings, in the shape similar to that of a soccer ball, will house Amazon’s employees and stores.

Amazon has coined the term ‘biodome’ for their new campus. The 5-story biodome will reach up to 29-meters.

The glass spheres were specifically chosen to create an alternative work environment for the employees. And, of course, to stand out above any other building – thus, creating an Amazon landmark.

With the 3.3 million square foot campus already under construction, Amazon has just been given the preliminary go-ahead by Seattle’s City Design Review Board.

Although preliminary authorization has been given, it can still take up to 6 weeks for a legal building permit to be issued. (more…)

Fox News Channel debuts new high-tech news deck

Published by on Oct 8th, 2013, No Comments

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American news channel, Fox News, has certainly given themselves one helluva birthday present.

The famous news channel, that was launched in 1996, celebrated their 17th birthday yesterday on October 7th. And they definitely didn’t hold back with the celebrations.

The channel has debuted its new, high-tech news deck and it  is something out of this world.

Judging by looks alone, the new news deck looks like the inside of a spaceship. But alas, it is simply a 21st century way of researching, processing and reporting the news.

Veteran Fox news anchor, Shepard Smith, unveiled the channel’s impressive new news deck to the world today and explained what all the new gadgets will be used for. (more…)

Inside (and outside) Horizon Media’s office expansion

Published by on Jun 27th, 2013, No Comments

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The largest independent media services company in the U.S., Horizon Media has recently expanded its New York office to include a large terrace area for its staff.

The terrace, that provides additional space for staff to work, relax and collaborate, was designed by a+i architecture, the firm behind the creation of the rest of the company’s space which you can see here. 

Like the other areas, the terrace is open plan, contemporary and unique with plenty of natural light and character. Even at night, it’ s an ideal place to take a breather and enjoy night-time views of the city.

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Inside the 88mph Garage, Cape Town

Published by on Jun 20th, 2013, 2 Comments

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Located in Cape Town’s up and coming area Woodstock and in one of the most exciting creative spaces at the moment, 88mph Cape Town has over 500 square meters of working space and the home to some of the coolest and innovative local startups.

88mph, a top African start-up incubator, merged forces with Google Umbono and created a fantastic space for entrepreneurial investment and lab-type assistance in a move that was applauded from Cairo to Cape Town, celebrating its launch in October 2012.

88mph makes investments in early stage mobile/web companies targeting the African market with a focus purely on ideas with potential to scale across Africa. The environment  - open plan, unique and collaborative – creates a competitive setting where startups spend three intensive months launching products and finding customers. The 88mph team then work together with startups to raise followup funding, when their products are ready to make revenue and scale to additional markets.

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Inside online gaming company KIXEYE, San Francisco

Published by on May 16th, 2013, 1 Comment

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Online gaming company KIXEYE moved into its new 3 story headquarters in San Francisco after outgrowing its previous office space.

Designed by Rapt Studios the space reflects the gaming culture that exists within its walls among its employees. More than just decor, upon entering, the office immerses both visitors and staff in this very culture - a military bunker complete with a uniformed guard and looping alarms. The rest of the space takes inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey - stark, monochromatic and geometric. You’ll even find a character in the kitchen.

Other Rapt Studios projects include the offices for Adobe, Google, Apple, LucasFilm, Warner Brothers and Disney.

Working areas, from semi-private to larger conference rooms, are equipped with writeable surfaces that include the walls and sliding white boards to encourage collaborative thinking, share ideas and create an inspiring environment.

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