Take a look inside the space of Google UK’s Campus in the centre of London’s tech city, also known as Silicon Roundabout. The seven storey 2,300 sqm space was designed by Jump Studios with the purpose of fuelling the success of London’s tech start up community. Therefore, it is only fitting that the space is inspiring, open plan, unique and reflects Google’s image.
In addition to providing office space for tech startups, the Google Campus also offers facilities to host daily events, offers regular speaker series with leading technology and entrepreneurship experts, holds networking events and runs a constant mentoring program.
Various spaces provide for multiple or single work stations and meeting places accompanied by fun wall art, bold furniture, bright colours and quirky installations.
A loading bay next to reception has been converted to accommodate up to 40 bicycle stations to encourage cycling to and from work.
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Take a look inside the offices of Microsoft’s headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The space has been designed to optimise what is called ‘hotdesking’ , where employees and senior executives are not assigned specific desks or individual offices. Rather, a variety of different types of work areas are provided, conducive for conducting different kinds of work. This includes “teamwork benches, enclosed and semi-enclosed meeting rooms, open informal meeting areas, concentration booths, individual work carousels and work lounges.”
The spaces provide either a more formal working environment or place for employees to relax and wind down in areas that include simple and comfortable furniture with pops of colour and natural lighting.
The office, designed by Sevil Peach and Veldhoen + Co. took several years to implement as it was important to the company to receive employee feedback to ensure that staff were receptive to the idea of ‘hotdesking’ before going ahead with the design.
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Take a look at the updated office space of commenting platform Disqus since the company recently grew in size and had to make some necessary changes to accommodate the additional staff.
The offices, located in San Francisco, California, was updated with the help of design company Blitz that has also worked with companies Skype and Stripe.
The large open area has been designed to create a fun, relaxing and creative environment. The large open plan space is divided with free-standing shelving and pillars. Large unusual lighting features, couches and coffee tables provide employees with a space to relax and conduct meetings in an informal space.
Bright pieces of green and blue pillows, carpets and wall art, compliment the choice of dark furniture and grey carpeting.
The office also offers employees with an area for bicycle storage and encourages them to ride rather than drive into work.
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Mercado Libre meaning “free market” in Spanish and eBay’s Latin American partner is an online auction and e-commerce site based in Argentina. Established in 1999 their brand new office space was recently completed by architecural and design firm Contract Argentina.
Overall the relatively open-plan space is clean and uncluttered achieved by a combination of simple white furniture, wooden benches and glass screen dividers. The space has been designed to create working spaces for different numbers of employees. Large boardrooms are ideal for more formal meetings while smaller boardrooms provide space for group projects or brainstorming sessions. Spaces divided with glass screens holding benches, tables and chairs serve as smaller or even single working areas. The office manages to create a sense of privacy and transparency simultaneously.
Colourful wall illustrations add an element of fun and creativity with comfortable couches, cushioned benches and pillows offering the prefect spots for chilling. The cafeteria, filled with large white couches, wooden tables and benches and a flat-screen TV creates the perfect communal area for a break.
This is Google’s engineering offices in London. Designed by London based Award Winning architectural and interior design firm Penson Group, the space is both functional and creative.
Large boardroom tables and rows of desks for accommodating employees make for effective working areas. Contrastingly, geometrically shaped chairs, large bean bags and throw pillows encourage relaxation to recharge and reboot. Electric blue walls and bright red finishings inspire energy and creativity.
Overall the space is well utilised, simple and devoid of clutter while still being engaging, unique and fun.
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The office pictures below of LEGO’s development department office in Billund, Denmark provides some insight into how the company comes up with its fun, colourful and inventive figures and sets. The creation of Rosan Bosch and Rune Fjord, the open plan space is a grown-up’s playground that focuses on creativity, imagination, and innovation.
On the ground floor, staff are provided with a number of informal meeting spaces where they can exchange ideas and interact with one another. Lounge areas lie between individual workspaces, displays, model-building tables and a library of Lego pieces.
On the first floor, the balcony has been expanded to make room for eight glass-fronted brightly coloured meeting rooms. The two floors are connected by a fun slide that makes it easy to make a fast escape from meetings and head for the various other meeting areas on the ground floor, where occupants land on a bulls-eye in the centre of the office.
The entire office space is filled with brightly coloured furniture, LEGO displays, natural light and glass doors.
WooThemes is one of the most successful local internet companies with a global reputation for creating premium WordPress themes.
They recently renovated and moved into a new office space, that reflects their innovative, fun and hard working style. Take a look inside the space where you can see the team in action and at play in the video and images below.
Watch BandwidthBlog’s interview with WooThemes co-founder Adii Pienaar here.
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Unilever’s offices in Switzerland are an example of what is known as ‘agile working.’ Agile working, based on the concept of ‘hot desking’, is a more expansive version of the office organization system where multiple employees share working stations in shifts. Agile working allows staff to work where and when ever they want as long as they get the job done. As you can imagine, in order to ensure that staff remain diligent, the space in which they work needs to be motivating, inspiring, varying and with ample room for productivity.
The brilliant work of award winning architectural and design firm Camenzind Evolution achieved just that. The large expansive space accomodates meeting rooms of different sizes and themes. Every area is adorned with a variety of seating styles in the working and recreational spaces including, tables and chairs, cubicles, large couches, benches and bar stools. Every space is completely different showcasing a sense of fun, innovation and creativity.
Some of the conference spaces are adorned with company brands like Ragu, Omo, or Heartbrand, while other spaces are given company mottos for inspiration.
All in the attention to detail, bright colours and boundless creativity, the Unilever offices are something to be admired and envied.