Everyone appreciates a pleasant office environment, as it affects employees’ happiness and morale and is linked to productivity. It’s in employers’ best interests to ensure the office is as pleasing as possible for the workforce – from having high-quality furniture and suitable lighting, to keeping it clutter-free, well-ventilated and safe.
Surveys have shown job satisfaction can increase by up to 24% and productivity by up to 16% simply by refurbishing the office, while it can also reduce absenteeism. With this in mind, it pays to offer the best possible working environment.
Today, some companies are going above and beyond the call of duty to provide the most innovative, high tech and luxurious workplaces imaginable! Read on to find out more about some of the most spectacular offices on the planet…
Corus Quay, Toronto, Canada
Corus Quay is a spectacular $160 million, 500,000 sq. ft building, housing Corus Entertainment – the media and broadcasting giant. It has plenty of features to boost the creativity of the 1,100-strong workforce. These include a five-storey atrium that hosts a huge slide running through three storeys, a spacious lounge, multiple television studios and a garden. The open plan design encourages collaboration, and the street-level studios and performance space open directly on to Sugar Beach.
Described as one of the most technologically sophisticated buildings of its kind, it’s also an environmentally sustainable building, thanks to features such as energy-efficient power, lighting and water consumption, a bio-wall to improve air filtration and the use of recycled materials wherever possible. It has achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certificate as a result.
Wieden and Kennedy, Portland, Oregon
The marketing firm, Wieden and Kennedy – inventor of the world-famous Nike slogan, “Just Do It” – provides staff with a creative working environment that’s almost totally open-plan, with no solid room divides in sight. Created inside an abandoned warehouse, the offices were designed by Allied Works Architecture.
Originally constructed in 1908, the building was transformed into a state-of-the-art office complex, with a large auditorium area and even a basketball court for employee recreation. This new design combines daylight, seismic forces and collective activity into a working space with no elevations. The space is filled with light, energy and activity, with light filters above that reflect the striking timber structure of the penthouse.
The Italian clothing company was looking for a new location for its headquarters when it came across a massive former cinema offering 6,600 cubic metres of space. Employing the skills of engineer Mario Cavallé, the manufacturer of clothing for skateboarders and snowboarders converted the 1940s cinema into spacious offices and a warehouse.
The most spectacular aspect of the premises is a covered skateboard ramp for employees and their friends to use as a leisure facility. The company’s design office has been constructed on the former cinema balcony, with a steel structure built on to the steps leading to wooden platforms, at various heights, for individual workstations.
AOL, Palo Alto, California
Tech giant AOL moved its headquarters from the West coast to Palo Alto, where designer Studio O&A designed the new office. The former 1980s office building was transformed into clean white rooms, featuring stripped-back walls and exposed ceilings – resembling a white canvas. In the old building the offices had been secluded but the new design features open workstations to create a friendlier environment and encourage collaboration.
Meetings take place in a series of circular pods constructed from translucent fibreglass. They cannot be reserved and are open to everyone to encourage staff to be spontaneous. To create a pleasant environment, other features include a communal area called the Town Hall, with a spacious light and airy kitchen, bench seating, table tennis and modern eye-catching furniture.
Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Los Angeles
As the headquarters of celebrity skateboarder Rob Dyrdek’s MTV reality show, the Fantasy Factory complex also contains the offices of Rob and his brother’s other business interests. The 25,000 sq. ft area was designed by Dyrdek and MTV, in partnership was California Skateparks. It features many recreational facilities for staff, including a full-size indoor skate park, a basketball court, a foam pit and a tennis ball cannon.
The converted California warehouse has been described as “America’s coolest workplace” and a “giant playground” with an office complex. Dyrdek co-designed the building with two aspects of his life, business and pleasure, in mind.
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