World's Coolest Offices. These are some of the most beautiful, innovative, and just straight-up amazing company headquarters and startup offices in the world.
Within these offices are inventive, Technicolor conference rooms, spacious rooftop gardens, cozy nap nooks, and an indoor fire pit. But we didn't select these offices as the best in the world simply for their sweet amenities or hip aesthetics. They also are cleverly designed to serve not just any company, but instead to fit the unique working habits of the particular employees who use the space. If there's an overarching trend in office design this year, it's customization--and that goes a long way toward explaining why there's a table that can seat 38 people, a floating conference room, and an elevated eagle's nest in this year's selections. Here is the full list of the coolest offices in the world in 2015.
Here's a few of our favorites:
Furnishings With a Purpose
Once HLW finished construction, Atlas brought in Workwell Partners to furnish the space. In the center of the open ground floor, known as the "Great Hall" area, Workwell Partners installed a custom, 18-foot-long reclaimed wood pantry table. It seats up to 20 people, and is equipped with power outlets to encourage collaboration anytime. "You're trying to get people together spontaneously, so they can come up with cool ideas by working together," says Scott Lesizza, a founding principal at Workwell Partners.
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut
Designed by: HLW & Workwell Partners
PHOTO: CHRIS COOPER
Rock 'n' Roll Ambiance
The new headquarters, completed in 2015, is an office on a grand scale, but efforts were made to keep it feeling comfortable and cozy. Lighting levels are kept subdued, for instance. And there's a subtle rocker vibe throughout: Floors, made of timber, are stained black. Black window frames are paired with a deep green finish running along the perimeter of each floor. Leather accents, such as these benches and chairs, abound. Here, Edison light bulbs get a different look by mingling with old-school microphones.
WARNER MUSIC UK
Designed by: Woods Bagot
Size: 67,005 square feet
PHOTO: GARETH GARDNER
Sit Down in Style
The partnership with Herman Miller was obviously fruitful for Harry's--its office is just brimming with gorgeous chairs, from the classic Eames molded fiberglass model to the newer ergonomic Sayl chair. "The furniture was chosen to be both functional and welcoming," says Harry's product design director Scott Newlin. "We encourage teams to talk and collaborate. We pushed really hard to make these rooms feel approachable and aid these behaviors." And there's a little branding infused in these simple rooms: They're named after the colors of the company's razor handles. So if "orange" is booked, an employee can reserve "chrome" or "olive".
Location: New York City
Designed by: Tractor Studio
Size: 26,000 square feet
PHOTO: GEORDIE WOOD
Free Your Mind
In creating this new home for approximately 200 SoundCloud employees, who work in the areas of product, engineering, design, community, and corporate, Kinzo said it wanted to build a "tangible reflection of a virtual community." The café is a place for workers to unwind, as is the office's fireplace setting. And small, cushioned nap pods--as shown here--abound.
Designed by: Kinzo Berlin
Size: 170,000 square feet
PHOTO: WERNER HUTHMACHER
To build out the space, Pittman turned to Michael Beneville, an art and design consultant, and Pittman's Burning Man buddy, according to Interior Design magazine. Beneville brought on Architecture + Information, directing the renowned firm that the space should be stripped clean and left as raw as possible. "No dropped ceilings. No marble. No smoke and mirrors," Dag Folger, part of the Architecture + Information team, told Interior Design. Beneville called the look "battleship, not a cruise ship." This particular battleship has a sweeping hybrid-seating-area-and-staircase in its hull.
Location: New York City
Designed by: Architecture + Information and Beneville Studios
Size: 75,000 square feet
PHOTO: MAGDA BIERNAT
The three freestanding structures serve as a boardroom, a two-person office, and a gallery. One of them contains 24 wooden box-stools that can be arranged for a larger meeting. Above one of the nooks is another meeting space dubbed the "crow's nest." Coming down? Take the slide.
Designed by: Estelle Vincent Architecture
Size: 10,700 square feet
PHOTO: ARNAUD SCHELSTRAETE
Talk About Growth
As Airbnb grows and grows and grows as a company--it's now in 34,000 cities around the globe--it needed more room to stretch out its head count in San Francisco. Expansion also has shifted the needs of teams. In interviews before the new build-out, employees called for greater opportunity for small meetings or private conversations, good acoustics within an open office, and flexibility for the future growth of the company.
Location: San Francisco
Designed by: Interior Design Fair & WRNS Studio
Size: 107,000 square feet
PHOTO: JEREMY BITTERMAN