Airbnb – the startup that redefined the tourism industry, has positioned their vast and innovative “home” in the buzzing city of San Francisco. Welcomed by an impressive five-storey atrium, visors are instantly surrounded by views of different homes from around the world. The aim behind it, was to create the most popular listings on the website into actual meeting spaces and communal areas, infusing the space with the Airbnb’s identity and culture.
With a Danish houseboat as a reception, movie inspired boardroom, break room after Airbnb kitchen in Reykjavick and Paris-listing themed conference room, the informal set up of the office space aims to boost employee creativity and stimulate impromptu meetings. The innovative interior design makes every corner of the space unique, transmitting different feel and ambiance. The unconventional meeting rooms act as an inspirational setting for brainstorming and planning.
Airbnb’s headquarters are also following all guidelines for sustainability, important to the company’s ethos. The venue also holds a large dining hall “Ate Ate Ate” where wide family style meals are a must.
Rapidly expanding to over 100 cities worldwide in 45 countries, Uber is definitely gaining momentum with its successful ride-sharing app. As a partner of eOffice we are glad to see Uber taking over the world, one city at a time. And their sophisticated headquarters certainly evokes the speedy progress of this startup.
Uber’s brand new 90,000 square feet office, in a former Bank of America data centre, showcases the company’s culture and ethos. Stylish, sophisticated and high-tech, the interior design transmits the company’s image, as director of design Denise Cherry confirms:
The band is sexy and mysterious on the outside, but totally transparent on the inside.
This concept is solidified with the strategic use of materials and constructions. The high-tech interior of the space is equipped with touch screen walls, interactive panels and digital maps displaying all locations with Uber presence.
The vision of the brand and its values are infused in every corner of the space, creating an inspirational work environment and certainly an impressive venue for welcoming clients and partners. With over 700 employees the unique facilities offer a glamorous open plan space with plenty of meeting and conference rooms as well as lounge spaces for impromptu meetings.
Prior the final design plan, employees were interviewed regarding their needs and preferences in terms of work. The majority pointed out that they loved to work in a coffee bar so the design company O+A took on board their request and facilitated a stylish coffee bar area. All in tune with today’s flexible and diverse patterns of work.
As the largest games technology platform, Chartboost’s new headquarters in San Francisco showcase the company’s energy and focus on fun. The bright colours infusing the whole space are only limited to the four brand colours of red, green, blue and orange.
Founded in 2011, Chartboost has currently reached 300 million users a month in over 150 countries. This games-only technology platform also acts as a social network for game developers to connect with potential players and gain more exposure for their games. In total, this startup has raised $21M in funding and is now the world’s largest games technology platform.
All conference and meeting rooms in their impressive office are themed with motifs from classic games like Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Tetris and Legend of Zelda. The whole office space makes everyone instantly imagine they are inside the world of a game, which acts as an inspiration to employees and definitely brings the wow factory with visiting clients.
The flexibility and open plan aspect of the space allows people to work from any spot in the office. Having impromptu meetings on a hammock or sinked in one of the beanbags reinforces the informal and playful feel of the interior design. Wall art, installations and themed wallpapers complement the unique set of this work environment, branding every corner of the space.
Not only the office space looks like a game, but it also has a dedicated game room with ball pit and giant Lego wall. 3D sculptures and playful textures add an extra jolt of energy to this unique Chartboost headquarters in San Francisco.
The online ad startup AppNexus is definitely getting a lot of buzz lately for successfully raising $57 million in funding as well as for its impressive headquarters in New York City.
Spread over 2 floors and 67,000 square-foot-space, the playful interiors and design of the space comprises of a lot of meeting rooms and informal spots for impromptu creative meetings. The fact that people don’t necessarily work at their desk is one of the main elements taken on board by Agatha Habjan – the interior designer of AppNexus office workplace.
The space features the signature for the company orange and black colours. One of the unique elements is a vertical break out area with vinyl upholstered seating pods, which are used for relaxation as well as for work. This innovative structure reinforces the informal work setting, stimulating creativity and inspiration amongst employees.
The open plan workspace also has its own “selfie” walk of fame – where employees are encouraged to post selfies on a corkboard, a fun way to get to know the ever-growing team.
Custom-painted skateboards cover one of the walls, making an artistic statement as well as being reminiscent of the company’s promotional campaigns.
There is large café area with wool covered foam-padded benches for comfort and definitely for aesthetics. Oh, and did we mention the mini basketball court? Yes, there is a basketball court in response to the employees’ big affiliation with the sport.
Definitely a fun office to work from!
Instacube, the new hot gadget from Kickstarter, successfully finished its round of funding and made it to one of its first supporters – eOffice. This stylish and compact device offers live streaming from everything you find interesting from the social media platform – Instagram. Whether it is you own profile, a certain hashtag or someone else’s that you follow, the device is a clever, portable alternative to digital frames or computer screen-savers.
Instacube passively streams your favoured and uploaded images throughout the day. Photos are streamed in real-time, wirelessly on a 3 times bigger screen than your iphone, optimized for square photos of this size. The funky device was designed by D2M (Design to Matter) in the Silicon Valley and they are currently looking into integrating Facebook, so this seems to be only the beginning for Instacube.
For us, Instacube serves as a cool gadget for our reception area, displaying our latest postings on our own handle @eOffice_Coworking. It showcases pictures from eOffice other centres and it instantly synchronises with your account when uploading a new picture. Clients waiting for a meeting in the reception area love playing with this fun digital cube searching for inspiring images of their own interest.
With the coming up Christmas holidays, Instacube is definitely a great and fun choice for your digitally savvy friends.
We would like to express our gratitude to our team, our loyal members and our special partners for contributing to a dynamic and highly successful 2014. We are pleased to share some of our highlights of 2014 and we hope we continue our growth throughout the coming year.
Four eOffice centres in Central London
eNetwork expansion to over 210 locations worldwide
We connected to even more prestigious business centres and coworking spaces around the world expanding our exclusive network from 140 in the beginning of the year to over 210 at present, making the eNetwork one of the largest of this type worldwide.
eOffice first eNetwork Global Conference
We were also very pleased with the success of our first ever eOffice eNetwork Conference held in London in June, attended by over 50 of our international partners. The insightful presentations, discussions, network and location visits to Google Campus, Mozilla Spaces, Dolby, British Library and RIBA enriched our vision for the future of the workplace as well as meeting inspiring professionals from our industry.
The eOffice team got bigger
New strategic partners
We established partnerships with specially selected brands, whose innovative business module and company values comply with our philosophy. Uber, TransferWise, the Global Hotel Alliance, Rackspace, ZipCar, Crunch – just a few of our valued partners, with whom we explore new avenues for collaboration and support to mutually grow and expand.
Last, but not least, we acquired many new exciting members with innovative business, making the eOffice environment an inspiring place to work from. We are pleased to support and witness the growth of so many startups, expanding to recognized leaders in their field such as Qubit, The App Business, Quill Content, OMG Plc, Duedil, Super Awesome, Moni, Brainient, TV Beat, Bluffers, Silobreaker and Tapad to name a few.
Thanks to everyone that made this possible for us and we look forward to an equally prosperous 2015!
The premium, healthy food chain store, Whole Foods, impresses yet again with their brand new office facilities in California, spread over two floors of ample open-plan workplace. The intention of the interior design was to mainly reflect the company’s ethos of close-knit “family” culture, crucial to the brand’s identity.
Another important feature of the design of the office is to nurture collaboration and interaction, vital for a creative workflow and idea generation. There are workstations located along the windows and private offices behind glass walls, offering everyone access to daylight as well as views of the whole office.
In bright red, the open staircase between the two floors acts as a focal point of the work environment as well as stresses the collaborative spirit of the company.
The clever use of materials and the bright colours create a dynamic atmosphere serving as a creative inspiration for the employees. The wallpaper and artworks display the healthy, organic image of Whole Foods and reinforce the essence of the company’s operations and ideology.
When you think of a cloud solutions provider you would not imagine a design-led office environment with contemporary artworks and installations, bright colours, designer furniture and state of the art facilities.
Our new neighbour in the buzzing area of Soho is Thunderhead.com and their brand new office space designed by Areq Sq, completed just now. This high-tech workplace comprises an ultra trendy interior look, offering a creative and stimulating environment for the staff of the cloud solutions provider. Equipped with an ideas table, stand-up design desks and meeting rooms with transparent writing walls, complement the dynamic set up of the office space – giving the feel of an imaginative and inventive work process.
Thunderhead.com has grown from a UK startup to a recognized technology company with global operations across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Positioned on the same street as eOffice – Broadwick Street, Soho, the office instantly impresses every customer that sets foot in its remarkable premises. And this was exactly one of the objectives when designing the space – to be able to showcase and instantly grasp the brand values and ethos when walking around the workspace.
The layout is purposefully designed to encourage spontaneous, informal meetings and brainstorming, resulting in the ideas, driving the company forward. Behind bright pink transparent partitions, there is the so-called ideas table, where you can see people sitting for impromptu meetings as well as working from their mobile devices – reinstating the mobile future of working.
As expected from a cloud solution provider, the workplace is equipped with the latest in technology. It also features its own Software Design lab, deliberately furnished with standing furniture and write-on walls to encourage more dynamic and interactive meetings. The concept of collaboration and engagement is infused in every design decision in this office space as well as serving as an inspirational work environment to turn up to every morning of the week.
From ski gondola meeting rooms to sleeping nooks – join us on a tour at some of the most spectacular office interiors on the planet.
Capital One Labs – San Francisco, USA
Not your average financial institution office! Capital One Labs – the company designing apps for its parent bank is residing a 3,500-square-foot office in San Francisco – an utterly creative space, springing colours and innovation from every angle. The dynamic interior absorbs the entire space with clever arrangement and bold colour, intentionally positioned to foster innovative spirit as well as collaboration and team work.
The architect firm responsible for the unique workplace design, Studio O+A, describes the central yellow staircase as “rustic drama”. As one of the main designer’s Alma Lopez states:
You’re creating an experience coming down those stairs.
The playful features of the space also include elevated sleeping nooks, which you can reach by a ladder, very much like the one leading to your backyard tree house. The diagonal beams that cut through the open plan space are a clever design trick, which makes the venue feel larger.
The bright neon colours, mostly apparent in the common areas, reflect the creative spirit of the team and the company culture. Inspiring and provoking the imagination, the colour pallet makes a bold statement, making this office environment inimitably fresh.
Google, Zurich, Switzerland
Eclectic and utterly creative, Google’s office in Zurich reminds of a playground rather than an office place. With elaborately themed rooms, and all sorts of odd and playful touched, Google’s unique workplaces around the world have become a signature feature of the company’s culture.
Google’s engineering hub in Zurich was designed by the Camenzind Evolution architect firm, which incorporated tons of fun features making the outlook of the space almost surreal. And it has everything – from game rooms, micro conference rooms, snack room, jungle rooms, relax rooms with aquariums, and of course space for work .
The space is a triumph of the imagination. It comprises so many diverse elements and themes, which challenge our standard perception of an office space and makes us wonder is it all a game. With ski gondolas as meeting rooms, massage rooms for relaxation and slides taking you to the restaurant for lunch, this Google office revolutionizes the rules of the workspace, creating a fusion between work and play.
Selgas Cano Architecture Office, Madrid, Spain
Spanish Architect firm Selgas Cano resides in this spectacular , self-designed office amongst the woods near Madrid in Spain. The tunnel like space comprises a transparent acrylic forms which open the space to the surrounding nature integrating the beautiful colours of the forest in the interior. This also contributes to the abundance of natural light streaming through the glass roof.
This workplace is half underground leveling your horizon with the ground of the forest. This also ensures perfect heat insulation, accustomed to the souring summer temperatures in Madrid.
The space serves as an inspiration for all the architects working here. Feeding their imagination directly from the landscape around them, the fantastic venue makes you feel as part of nature.
It is a well-known fact that plants lower workplace stress and enhance productivity. The importance of having greenery around us has been the subject of numerous studies, examining the effects that plants have on our work habits, and mood.
Recent studies conducted by Dr. Virginia Lohr conclude that participants working in an environment with plants were 12% more productive and less stressed than those who were simply surrounded by concrete walls. The study took place in a simulated office environment, where plants were the only variable. The interesting results also indicated that an environment with plants also has an influence on the blood pressure. According to Dr. Ultrich:
Visual exposure to plant settings produces significant recovery from stress within 5 minutes.
Another advantage of surrounding your office with floras is that they are proven to lower the operation and maintenance costs of your workplace. Plants, and their unique process of transpiration, have the ability to cool air temperature by 10 decrees. What’s more, this same process humidifies the air in a range of 30-60% – the recommended human comfort range. This might also act as a protection for your office furniture as we are all aware that if the relative humidity of the office is either too low or too high this might damage the furniture and your office interior.
Employees and clients are getting more selective in the overall look, design and feel of your office space. Plants offer a dramatic aesthetic value to your interior, positively enhancing perception and contributing to the well being of your employees. At the same time studies show that building lacking greenery are instantly viewed as less attractive and less welcoming.
Having plants in your office is also a key factor in enhancing the attitude of your employees and clients. As today’s workplace is getting more and more competitive, survey report that employees need an inspiring setting for their “off” time. This is why companies are continuously investing in improving their space landscape, offering an interior that integrates nature.