The office environment has changed over the last few years from a drab workplace to an engaging space for young and experienced professionals alike. Some of the world‘s largest companies have taken to redesigning and even rebuilding their offices to provide a place where employees can allow their creativity to flow. Here are five of the most inspired office designs that work for the benefit of the company and employees, while speaking to a new trend in company culture.
Google offices around the world have been designed to make employee lifestyles a higher priority. Possibly one of the most desired places to work in the world, Google believes that by providing a healthy environment for their employees, they will be encouraged to be more productive and feel more connected to the business. Employees at Google are free to take their work away from a boxy desk and practice creative collaborations in what the company calls "third spaces", or relaxed areas where potential is found. Have a look at what Google employees have to say about the workplace here: http://ow.ly/F3Un30niFL5.
Dropbox‘s headquarters have taken a new approach to how the office space is designed by diversifying the sizes, shapes, materials, and sensory elements within their offices. This has allowed for an abundant range of environments, each catering to a different style of working. The company has a village-style community within its building, with each employee being able to enjoy the style of environment they need to get a particular job completed. Take an inside look to some of the best interiors at the Dropbox offices here: http://ow.ly/EoPa30niFn6.
A relatively new brand in this list of company culture giants, Airbnb has found a way to fully incorporate and balance both the needs of the company and its employees. Each new Airbnb office design begins with the employees being able to voice what they feel they need to create an ideal place to work. These needs are then incorporated into a design which includes proven workplace methods to create an efficient environment. Many of the communal rooms in the open plan offices are designed to be exact replicas of the best listings on Airbnb, allowing their employees to truly understand and connect more to the product they work with. Read more about Airbnb‘s inspiring approach to office design here: http://ow.ly/Dr1c30niFiw.
Facebook has created office designs around the world which strive to mirror their philosophies of openness, being mobile, staying connected, personal sustainability and staying culturally relevant. This can be seen in their Johannesburg, South Africa office, where employees are greeted upon entry in our eleven official languages, as well as a giant art installation of a beautiful baobab tree. The open plan office is divided by using colour to differentiate the sections of the office, with gorgeous pieces of art from local artists on every wall. The office design has been done in such a way that it truly offers and encourages interaction and connection between their employees. See what more the Facebook South Africa offices have to offer here: http://ow.ly/TQBm30niFeD.
Lego has been a company that strives to encourage creativity in their consumers and truly believes in the power of play. Their new headquarters in Denmark have taken their employee-centric and environmentally conscious culture to a new level, and ultimately created one of the most fun offices on Earth. Another office space that provides a collaborative and healthy, interactive lifestyle, Lego‘s offices went a step further and created an environment that puts their employees‘ mind‘s into the same space as a child. Introducing the sense of wonder that a child gets when they empty their bucket of Lego for a new building project, immerses employees into their target markets world. Read more about this amazing office currently under construction here: http://ow.ly/1K2z30niF7h.
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