Top 3 Coolest Offices in the World

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 .

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

The Importance of Plants in Your Office

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Le Laptop coworking space – Paris, France

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Created from freelancers for freelancers, Le Laptop, partner of the eOffice eNetwork, is a dynamic coworking space located in the trendy Jourdain quarter of North-East Paris, France. The buzzing area is known for its lively cluster of cafes, restaurants, shops and the very famous boulangeries with aroma of freshly baked croissants.

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The philosophy behind Laptop office space is to encourage collaboration and build a participative community of like-minded entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers and small companies. The interesting mix of members with a variety of professional backgrounds offers multiple business connections and opportunities for the longer term. Being a freelancer herself, Pauline Thomas, the founder of Le Laptop, has created the space in order to offer an alternative to the isolation of working from home for every self-employed that has turned their idea into business.

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The workplace is also offering additional services in support of the different needs of every company. You can benefit from stylish meeting facilities, fully- equipped kitchen, comfy lounge area for relaxation or for those valuable impromptu meetings that spark new ideas and solutions. The uniquely designed workplace is also accessible 24/7 and can be used just for hotdesking for the amount of hours you need per month.

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The networking calendar of Le Laptop is also busy. Workshops, events and different kind of exhibits and training courses are regularly organized in the office space for the community members of Le Laptop.

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Le Laptop also partners with the University of Marne-La-Vallee, offering support to young talents and the new generation of designers and web professionals. Next to follow are the schools of art and communications.

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eOffice eNetwork reaches 200 locations worldwide

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eOffice eNetwork, House of Business, Norway

We are thrilled that our eOffice eNetwork has expanded to 200 locations worldwide making the eNetwrok the second largest network of business centres in the world. What makes us different, is our hand-picked partners with high quality facilities, strategic locations, outstanding customer support and tailored professional services to meet the needs of any startup or growing business.

eOffice eNetwork, BRIDGES Central Tower, Hong Kong

eOffice eNetwork, BRIDGES Central Tower, Hong Kong

Present in 6 continents, 58 countries and 108 cities the eNetwork covers all major business regions, offering in total 25,000 desks and 1000 meeting rooms worldwide. In response to the globalized needs of business today we will keep the momentum of steady expansion, increasing our presence and adding more prestigious business centres to the eOffice eNetwork.

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eOffice eNetwork, Landmark Africa

From virtual office in Kampala, Uganda, or a meeting room in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to office space in central Paris, France – you name it. The eNetwork ensures your business requirements are covered in any major city allowing you to deliver professional image every time you set foot in one of the eNetwork centres. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a startup, or small to medium size enterprise, you can find a flexible solution to any service that will match your company’s needs.

eOffice eNetwork, Executive Centre, China

eOffice eNetwork, Executive Centre, China

We are pleased to partner with such wonderful business centres around the world, making possible the success of the eNetwork. We love to share valuable expertise and knowledge amongst each other and the annual eOffice eNetwork Conference was the perfect example for that. Partners flew in to London from all parts of the world for the two-day line of events, with great set up of key speakers and state-of-the-art venues in major locations around London.

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We are glad our partners found the conference a valuable experience and see the great benefits of being part of the eOffice eNetwork. Here is what some of our partners had to share about their experience:

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Carlos Gonçalves  – Avila Business Center and Avila Coworking

The Conference organized by the eOffice was definitely a great experience, both from the networking point of view and the learning of good practices. With this initiative, the eOffice showed once again that it is at the global vanguard in the Work Spaces industry and that the future passes though the reinforcement of the networking spirit. Congratulations for the outstanding work.

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Paris Andreou FCCA – Bluelink 

It was an extremely valuable conference in which we all had the chance to meet each other in person and most importantly to have the chance to exchange ideas and opportunities and trends in the office space industry. Such events help all of us to have a wider picture of the changing needs and trends of today’s business people and corporate entities and finding the best solutions in satisfying their needs. It was really a great experience. Thanks to all for the excellent organisation of this event.

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Paul Onwuanibe - Landmark Offices

It was a pleasure to participate in the conference. I enjoyed thenetworking opportunities. Made great new contacts in the global business centre community, listened to some refreshing new ideas and learnt some of the more cutting edge design options for shared space. Now I really look forward ti next years conference.

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Göran Garberg – United Spaces Network Offices AB

Very well organized, with lots of inspiration. Great speakers with most relevant information! Obvious we are in the front of a huge emerging market! Met many new friends and several new business relations. Looking forward networking over the years and see you next year.

Thank you for the kind words and see you all at the eOffice eNetwork Conference 2015.

VIPOFFICES – Brussels, Belgium

Set in a prime location in Brussels, VIPOFFICES, valued partner of our eOffice eNetwork, welcomes its clients in a stylish building and even more impressive serviced office interior. The professional services on offer encompass everything from fully equipped offices, virtual offices, meeting rooms as well as hotdesking – all available on flexible terms.

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The modern and functional design of this coworking space offers the perfect environment for entrepreneurs, startups and growing companies, willing to be part of and interact with a professional community of like-minded individuals. On the other hand, if you are a home-based professional, you can benefit from VIPOFFICES virtual office service and acquire a prestigious business address in Brussels.

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The stylish, high-tech meeting rooms are set with all the necessary equipment and the personable team is always happy to assist by setting up the room exactly the way you want it. In their own words:

 We take care of all the details, so you can take care of making the presentation and closing the deal.

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The spacious office environment offers a stylish mix of open plan, shared office facilities as well as enclosed offices to match the different needs of the clients. An irresistible characteristic of the venue is the beautiful outdoor space for that occasional, impromptu chat under the sun.

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The eOffice team had the pleasure to meet the lovely Kristel Iris De Prins, who runs VIPOFFICES, at the eOffice eNetwork Conference earlier this year in June. We are pleased Kristel had a valuable time and impressions of the conference, which she shared with us right away:

The eOffice Conference was a conference that ticked all the boxes: the content, the people, the different venues, eOffice’s strong vision and wonderful team. Everything was inspiring and made me go back to my family and my clients reboosted! All the best and again, congratulations for such a great conference!

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If you are looking for a great coworking space in Brussels, look no further.

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eOffice opens its fourth space in Central London

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Top-floor, tons of natural light, wrap-around terrace and ample open-plan office space – a few of the appealing characteristics of our brand new coworking space in Fitzrovia, Central London. Launched last week, Fitzrovia II is already hosting a prominent technology startup company who benefits from the fully-serviced office space, high-tech meeting rooms, and our signature eOffice design topped with quality functional furniture.

The impressive feature that wows everyone entering this shared office, is the large wrap-around terrace with remarkable views over this charming area of Central London. At one corner you can find a foosball table for that occasional break to recharge your mind and have your well-deserved fun moment at work.

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The aroma of a good Italian coffee leads you to the modern kitchen area with high-end amenities. Grab a cup and relax in the comfortable and joyously colourful lounge space, which is ideal for a quick catch up with a colleague or for that random chat that springs new ideas. If you are looking for a quieter spot to read or have an impromptu meeting with a co-worker, you can seclude yourself in the high-backrest sofas, which upholstered surface assists in isolating sound.

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This open-plan office space is an ideal venue for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs who require flexible office solutions to comply with the dynamic nature of every growing company. The design and philosophy of the coworking concept is to create a workplace environment that facilitates collaboration and effectiveness. It also encourages spontaneous, random encounters between members, which is considered a significant advantage in terms of productivity and building valuable contacts within the industry.

Pop in for a coffee and we would be glad to show you around.

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Colabora – Madrid, Spain

Situated close to the prestigious Plaza de España in Madrid, our new partner of the eOffice eNetwork – Colabora, is a creative coworking space offering a dynamic environment for entrepreneurs and growing companies. The space is designed with the artistic intention to create a unique in feel and look office venue, escaping the rigid norms of the standard office centre.

The open plan office space prompts collaboration and interaction between the members who specialize in diverse business spheres. The productive environment also offers high-quality meeting rooms and videoconferencing facilities to comply with the professional needs of the members. To add value and extra support to their clients, Colabora provides consulting services with regards to employment, trademark, website design as well as marketing, which is vital for most startup businesses. And to relax from a busy week, why don’t you join the yoga class organized to support the wellbeing of all members.

Shared workspace is a rising trend in Spain and Madrid has one of the highest density of serviced-office and coworking spaces that provide fully-fitted work environments for the growing number of self-employed professionals and small to medium sized companies.  Colabora fully responds to this trend offering a flexible office solution with unique design, high-quality meeting rooms, open plan space and vibrant community of entrepreneurs and freelancers.

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VOffice – Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Manila

We are please to have VOffice as part of the eNetwork having access to their high quality centres in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Manila, Philippines. As an established serviced office provider in Asia, VOffice provides a wide variety of supporting services and facilities for companies and individuals looking for a flexible office solution. Set in prestigious addresses in the major business cities of Asia, VOffice is open to clients six days a week. Their high-end facilities and modern interior are the perfect setting for a business office or work meetings. Fully-fitted office space, functional meeting rooms, comfortable lounge areas -  just a few of the great assets of the VOffice centres, which welcome a large community of local and international entrepreneurs, startups and growing companies.

Their advanced list of services also includes Business Concierge Services providing a comprehensive one-stop solution for clients all over the world. This includes company formation, HR solutions, taxation advisory, accounting and web hosting so professionals can primarily focus on their growth and international expansion.  Whether your company is upsizing or downsizing VOffice offers flexible terms for office space, meeting rooms and virtual office, to fully comply with the current needs of your business.

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ABC Business Center – Hamburg, Germany

Located in Hamburg, one of the most dynamic business regions in Europe, ABS Centre offers fully fitted flexible solutions for entrepreneurs and growing companies. The centre is strategically located in HafenCity – the largest rebuilding project in Europe, where the old port warehouses are being replaced with offices, hotels and shops and highly modern residential buildings.

Stylish and functional, the contemporary design and set up of ABC Business Center is equipped with everything you might expect in any modern workspace. The venue can accommodate individual professionals to bigger size companies, which can also benefit from diverse office support services.  High-end meeting rooms and conference facilities, comfortable lounge area and personable reception team will create the desired impression in front of your clients.

At ABC Business Center regular networking events is a must to boost collaboration, exchange valuable contacts, and create fun activities for their members. Such is the recent Office Golf event, which involved 8 teams of 5 dedicated golfers. The serous sport efforts were rewarded with cocktail and canapés reception. All proceedings from the event were donated to the Save the Children Charity fund. Great way to mix fun with good cause.

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Skyscanner – Singapore

Skyscanner is a passenger flight, hotel and car hire search engine that allows users to browse for flights, hotels and cars via price and location. Additional tools such as fare graphs, allow users to compare flight prices of any given route over a month period, or the price of weekend flights from any given city. The company’s headquarters for the Asia-Pacific region opened in 2011, but the growing company needed more space.

Below is their new office, which is bright, colourful and funky in design. The meeting rooms are named and themed to different regions in Asia-Pacific, colours matching its identity and details.

The fun begins once you step out of the lift lobby, leading one to an inviting main reception. A coffee nook welcomes everyone at the open concept holding area. “Buzzi Booths” sprawl the 14,000sqft office, for those who need solitude at work, while collaboration meeting points offers free discussion and brainstorming amongst the work group.

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