Most Creative Offices In The World

Businesses these days, particularly those who make their money on the internet, seem to be paying much more attention to their staff and work environment, so that they can really get the most out of them. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite offices from across the world, to show you what happens behind the scenes of some of the biggest companies on the internet, and some small nuggets of design from more obscure companies.

Selgas Cano – Madrid

There are offices in this list from some of the biggest companies in the world, but when it comes to making awesome offices, size doesn’t matter. This must be one of the most relaxing offices to work in, because you’re half underground, and half above ground, with views out into the woods. This is Selgas Cano Office, which was designed by Iwan Baan and is situated in a forest, near Madrid, in Spain. This office for architects is light and airy, with clean lines and colorful details, making it a great place to work from. It’s less about awesome fun slides, great food and gaming areas, and more about a relaxed environment, away from harsh lighting and big empty rooms.

Red Bull Office – Soho, London

Situated in a build of great character, we have the London office of Red Bull, which is a converted building of five old pubs in Soho. With none of the buildings originally linking together, or even having floors on the same height, this was always going to be an interesting building with plenty of space and cool features. Red Bull isn’t just about energy drinks, these offices are for roughly 100 people in their 20’s mostly, to come and collaborate and be creative together in these unique spaces. They threw away the corporate office rule book and decided upon a more lounge like feel, with original features from the old buildings, and a reception that turns into a bar at night. This is the perfect workspace for the young Londoner looking to be creative with one of the most interesting companies around.

Comvert – Milan, Italy

This has got to be one of the coolest buildings to build an office in, which came about when alternative clothing company Comvert were looking for a new space for their headquarters. During the search, they happened upon an old abandoned cinema that seemed to offer the perfect solution. It was big enough to house all of their offices, warehousing and even room a shop in the front, however, there was one ‘problem’, what would they do with all the extra room above where the audience sat during a movie? The answer is unique, inspired, and all but simple – build an indoor skate bowl which sat suspended above the warehouse. This was a perfect solution for all the space, while keeping the staff entertained, and fitting in their alternative clothing brand image.

Facebook – Palo Alto, California

Facebook went around their office design a little differently to most companies, actually using it’s own software to conduct polls asking their employees what they would want from an office. The result was a superb work environment with big open spaces to work from, and amazing relaxation areas with a place to skate and DJ from. That’s right, there’s no simply plugging in your iPod to a dock, there’s a whole booth that you can polish up your mixing skills at while entertaining colleagues. All of this combined with the modern, comfortable styling of the complex and means that Facebook is one of the best places to work and play, which is ideal really, considering their employees look after 500 million people a day, from roughly 750 million active accounts.

YouTube – San Bruno, California

YouTube is an interesting company really because it was sold in less than 2 years for princely sum of $1.65 billion, yet it’s earning capabilities seem to be far below that. That hasn’t stopped Google from splashing out on big expensive offices though, which seems to be a trademark for them. Big open floor plans and perks for employees dominate this office complex, as they can relax with a bit of indoor putting, free-roam Segway riding, eating, gaming, swimming, and gym activities, to name just a few. It’s business and pleasure all rolled into one at YouTube, with the hopes that the staff will be relaxed and inspired enough to come up with new ideas and work well with their colleagues.

Traction Marketing Group – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Traction Marketing Group started off with just a plain warehouse and got creative with it. With colour splashed over each wall, there’s an interesting mix of blue, green, brown and grey scattered across the large and open-plan office. They’ve done away with the harsh florescent lighting, and opted instead of spot lighting and festoon lighting that swings down across the ping-pong table. The smooth concrete floor is host to multiple seating areas where employees can go to rest, and the massive glass garage sized door floods the entire office with natural light, making for a much more comfortable work environment. It quite clearly used to be a warehouse, but that adds to the character and prevents the feeling of a sterile workspace. The whole building is designed to reflect the company’s style of business and they can tell from experience that by having the same approach with where they work, yields better results.

Corus Quay – Toronto, Canada

This is one of the largest offices on the list, and by the looks of things, one of the most fun. It’s a massive 500,000 square feet, and home to Corus Entertainment. It’s been labeled Toronto’s smartest building. The building brings together 1100 staff which used to be housed in 11 separate buildings, into an open office environment with multiple social spaces, even including a five story atrium with a three story slide and lounge above a couple tv studios. This building is all about having fun and bringing the entire work force of a company together in one place to create a boost in productivity, helping the company to continue to grow. Bright colours, big TV’s, boardroom tables shaped like ice hockey rinks – this building really has it all.

Pallotta TeamWorks – Los Angeles, California

This office differs to all the others on the list for one reason, and that’s the budget. It was limited to just $40 per square foot, which forced the designers to think outside the box, but well, it seems they didn’t get much further than just the box. You see, because this had to be done on such a tight budget, they took to customising a bunch of shipping containers and turning them into office space inside a large warehouse. This unique design and fresh colours make for a rather interesting work environment, that’s not just cheap to build, but cheap to run. Pallotta TeamWorks is a charitable organisation which specialises in raising money for different needs, through putting together fundraisers for people to take part in, and raises tens of millions of dollars each year for charity.

Big In Japan – Dallas, Texas

It’s amazing to see just how quickly technology companies can grow these days. Big In Japan is a Dallas based mobile app developer started in just 2008 with their award winning, barcode scanning app; ShopSavvy. They’re now in an ever-expanding and modern office which focuses on open plan working and cool decorations, such as the nine foot Hulk statue. Like most of the offices on this list, BIJ have done away with work cubicles and opted for a more clean finish, with a glass-walled conference room to give the impression of space. For relaxation, there’s always Rock Band and various games consoles, with comfy leather sofas and been bag chairs to enjoy the multiple TV’s from. The mix of work and play is everywhere in this office, with Fussball being only a chair swivel away from work, Big In Japan understand that to be able to make things fun, you’ve got to be able to have fun. They’re still a relatively small company for now, but it’s clear that that they’ve taken a leaf out of the books of the big boys, and made their office all about the employees.

KBP West Offices – San Francisco, California

This unique office and conference building is made up of three wings, which are separated by the sliding walls, and can be opened up to create a single, colourful meeting room. The design of the office isn’t what you’d call typical, even by the standards on this list. There’s a library/conference room with wooden swivel chairs, bizarrely shaped rooms with slanted ceilings and chalkboard walls, miniature staircases to take you to green carpet-clad phone booths for conference calls, all inside what can be best described as a white warehouse. This is the office of an advertising firm in San Francisco, and their unique offices are designed to stimulate the creative juices of those working inside them. And when it’s time to take a break, there’s always the indoor garden, or the huge and colourful dining room, where the staff can relax and carry on socialising.

Lego – Denmark

If you’re anything like me, then your ideal office is anywhere that you can be surrounded by Lego all day, and that’s what it’s like working at Lego. The colourful open-plan layout encourages interaction and play between the staff, in an effort to fuel their imagination, which is what Lego is all about. The meeting rooms are all light, colourful, and open, and vary in size depending on their uses, but they’re all designed to one thing: provide a happy and comfortable working environment to boost moral and product development. The whole office is designed so that anyone can play with the lego and come up with something new, while getting work done, and enjoying their time at the company. If spending the whole day playing and working with Lego doesn’t make you happy, then I don’t know what will!

Gummo – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

As Gummo were only going to be renting the space on the first floor of the old Parool newspaper building in Amsterdam for two years, i29 convinced Gummo to embrace the mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ to create a stylish office space that would impact as little as possible on the environment and their wallets. Everything in the office conforms to the new house style of white and grey. All the furniture was locally sourced from eBay, charity shops and whatever was left over at the old office. Everything was then spray painted with an environmentally friendly paint to conform with the new colour scheme. The new office is a perfect case of a smart way to fill a temporary space stylishly and at minimal cost.

Dtac Headquarters – Bangkok

Dtac recently decided to put an end to separate office spaces throughout the city of Bangkok, and brought all six buildings under one roof, which happens to be the largest ever office lease in Thailand’s history, occupying around 650,000 square feet. The move and design reflects the company’s desire to become the employer of choice, to “enhance cooperation and communication, strengthen common goals, increase creativity” and make it easier for the brand to react quickly to changing conditions.

Dtac’s brand approach is “play and learn”  and they wanted to reflect this to their employees and customers with their new, rather inspiring office, spanning 22 floors. Some of the highlights include a massive circular library amphitheatre, and an entire floor dedicated to fun, with indoor soccer, table tennis, running track, and concert and performance spaces. To feed creativity, there’s the Conversation Pit, the Freeform Meeting, Picnic Table and Dining Room, all created to encourage informal, face-to-face meetings. And lets not forget what tops off the building – an open terrace overlooking Bangkok’s skyline.
Google Office – Zurich

It’s no secret that Google is a fun, fresh company, with tonnes of money, and dedicated employees, and part of the secret behind these employees is the awesome offices that they work from. Google put a lot of time and money into making the perfect work environment, mixing business with pleasure so that the staff can relax and refuel during their breaks. Google thrives of creativity and that thought has very much gone into the reasoning behind the designs of their offices, providing every employee with a space for them to be creative.

There’s a rule at Google that nobody is allowed to be more than 100 meters away from food, so you’ll find kitchens everywhere, as well as an awesome cafeteria where every employee is fed three times a day, for free. If you think that the offices are over the top and far too big, then at least you won’t have to spend all your time walking everywhere as you can just take the slide or fireman’s pole around the building. If all of that’s not enough for you, and you really want somewhere quiet to relax and get away from work, there’s always the library or aquarium.

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