SoundCloud has grown significantly since its debut in 2007 and the service boasts more than 250 million active listeners around the world. Its staff has grown quite a bit too. As you’ll see by the density at its current headquarters (the company, which has satellite offices in San Francisco, New York, London, and Bulgaria, is set to move to a new larger Berlin office next year.) For now, though, the close quarters make for an exciting collaborative vibe – and being that most SoundCloud staffers are music buffs or musicians themselves, there’s a lot of creativity in the air in addition to the tech. Tech Crunch’s Colleen Taylor tours the office of Berlin startup SoundCloud.
This London office belongs to Creston and it was designed by Oktra office design.Based in London, the head office was totally refitted and redesigned in order to create a quirky yet functional office space. Creston wanted to encourage its staff to work together and have collaborative meetings as often as appropriate. With this aim in mind a breakout space was designed, along with a games area to add a bit of levity to the working day.
Creativity and fun also needed to define the working environment. The floors have been stripped back and injected with colour and soft furnishings. It is professional yet relaxed, bold and vivid yet reflective and sensitive; the ideal creative hub.
Dropbox is a file hosting service headquartered in San Francisco, California. They offer cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Their new office development is roughly 70,000 sqft and is designed by Boor Bridges Architecture and Geremia Interior Design.
our design reiterates our belief that all spaces – particularly the all-too-often neglected office – deserve real materials and attentive, appropriately-scaled interventions. If cubicles are the suburbs then our approach to dropbox HQ is downtown.
Halldis offers a portfolio of office space satisfying the needs of modern businesses. The offices are ready to use, accessible at very short notice and respond to the most sophisticated servicing needs. Halldis offers telecommunication and Web technology, as well as the human resources, able to operate from a distance with competitive telephone rates and in 7 languages. The offices are beautifully designed, making use of clean and elegant lines. Whilst the sophisticated atmosphere of the lounge adds to the functional yet stylish office areas, we also love the Milan restaurant garden providing a perfect setting in which to relax in between meetings and working hours.
Playfish, currently owned by Electronic Arts, was a developer of free-to-play social network games. These are their Sloane Square offices, designed and completed by Area Sq. Playfish was one of the leaders in the social gaming industry, with award winning games designed for for friends to play together.
The design reflects the company’s fun and playful personality with bright colours, games characters graphics and some great features such as fish tanks, polished plaster wall, pink glass splash backs in the kitchens. The funky furniture from Vitra completes the look.
From corporate reputation management to creative social media campaigns, City Press is a PR agency which helps companies and brands to be visible, connected and influential. Their Manchester office is their biggest hub of creative and media services outside the capital of London. Home to the BBC and many leading technology businesses, Manchester is a vibrant and inspirational place to do business, giving them easy access to other Northern economic centres such as Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle. The independently owned PR firm recently moved into this new head office, which was designed by Whitespace Consultants Ltd.
To the office area we designed an open plan space, which was able to comfortably accommodate 50 people. Installing a tea point to the area meant that staff would not have far to walk carrying hot drinks and the curved partition wall surrounding the space gave separation from the neighbouring desks.
?What If! partners with organisations hungry for growth, they invent new products, brands, services, and business models. This is something that shows through in their office style, which is provocative and passionate. The company was housed within the historic Stuyvesant Polyclinic in Manhattan’s East Village before deciding to upgrade to better reflect the company culture. The space was renovated my Mapos, with their brief being to create a more sophisticated and brand relevant office space.
From the moment you walk in, the energy is palpable. The centerpiece of the first floor is the lobby, where people work at vignettes of living room furniture, and the reception desk doubles as a coffee bar for work and socializing. The space is completed by a large, highly impactful chandelier custom-designed by Mapos for ?WhatIf!
Oro Negro plans to become a leading player in the Mexican oil services industry by offering integrated services and tailored solutions. The way they hope to achieve this is through the acquisition of companies with existing contracts, and through the acquisition of state-of-the-art assets.Their HQ is located in Mexico City, and was designed by LSA Arquitectos and BLANCASMORAN. The designers selected surface materials and textures that reflect the passing of time, whilst the boardroom exterior walls and the directors offices are covered in walnut veneer. We especially like the fact that much of the furniture is custom-made, including the welcome desk that is made of metal sheeting and black emperador marble.
The overall effect the designers have accomlished in this 780 square-meter (8,395 sq.ft) space is calm, opulent and restrained.
PERQ is a marketing technology and promotions company that helps businesses attract consumers with incentives. They’re a company built of people who love winning the game of business and working towards the common goal of achieving success for their clients.
The company recently completed an extesive re-design of their office space. The building is now not only equipped for collaboration and innovation, but is also equipped for fun too. The office includes a custom scooter track for swift transportation between the building’s 13 meeting/collaboration spaces. There’s also an IU-themed Big Head wall as the backdrop to the basketball hoop in the game room, as well as a custom bar. Several spaces include wall skins, one of which is a custom art installation made of more than 1,500 employee-submitted photos. Each wall represents one of PERQ employees’ key attributes: savvy, competitive greatness, grit and magnetism.
PERQ’s co-founders say they wanted to re-design the building in order to support employees and create an atmosphere that stimulates creativity, energy and collaboration.
Wooga is a social network game and mobile developer located in Berlin, Germany. The company develops free-to-play browser-based games for social networks like Facebook and is currently the world’s 3rd biggest game developer (by monthly active users) on the Facebook platform as of May 2012. Their headquarters are based in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood and are colorful, creative, and wonderfully quirky. The company’s Steve Gilmore takes us on a tour to see the monsters, robots, swings, nap pods, and Neil Patrick Harris cut-outs of Wooga’s HQ.