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.
Tap into the future of the work desk with the innovative prototype called BendDesk. Conceptualised by the media-computing group at RWTH Aachen University the BendDesk integrates a screen and multi-touch surface into a single unit interactive display with a curved vertical and a horizontal plane. This innovative workstation is in direct response with the growing digital demand of our jobs and is taking the desk, as we know it, to a different level. The multi-touch technology allows for many users to type and work simultaneously making the BendDesk ideal for productive coworking. You can navigate, sort your documents and organize your work just by multi-touch gestures, which nowadays is slowly becoming the norm with all digital devices.
Who said the work place is going mobile. We believe the desk is here to stay and will be going through an upgrade.
Platform 5 is an award winning architectural practice founded in 2006. They have a diverse portfolio of projects in the residential, education, commercial and cultural sectors. The firm designed the Shoffice (shed + office), a garden pavilion containing a small office alongside garden storage space. The glazed office space nestles into an extruded timber elliptical shell, reminiscent of a wood shaving that unfurls to form a small terrace in the lawn. The interior is oak lined and fitted out with a cantilevered desk and storage.
The way the modern office has developed has meant that flexibility is more important that ever before. Often our desks can be full of the latest gadgets, documents, books and much much more. With all these things, life can get a bit cluttered, and I for one can find it difficult to concentrate when all I need is a simple writing space to jot down my thoughts. This is why the Connect-It Tablet Desk is such a wonderful idea, the desk is made by Monarch Specialties and combines a sleek low-profile desk with plenty of hidden storage compartments for hiding all that clutter. In addition, it’s got a set of built-in slots for organising the mass of wires that regularly snake their way around your workspace, so you don’t have to put in a lot of effort tidying up chargers, cables and power hubs.