Today’s post is a slight divergence from the usual office spaces we feature, although quirky and very niche this floating egg shaped office will undoubtedly have some admirers. The houseboat is located on the River Beaulieu in Hampshire, UK and is mainly used as a mobile live in laboratory from which to study wildlife on the estuary. Made of cedar using traditional boat-building techniques, this egg-shaped office includes a hammock, a desk, a stove and a bathroom.
AUKETT+HEESE are the architects behind Universal Music’s new Berlin Headquarters, which is located in a old cold storage building, which is also listed as a heritage building. The office houses over 500 people over 9 levels, and the total area is roughly around 17,000 square meters. A unique feature of the design was that each company and record-label within Universal Music appointed its own designers to develop individual concepts.
In addition the building has a restaurant, a club, a sound studio, a kindergarten, a travel agency, hair salon and advertising agency etc.
Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Jose, California, United States, that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment. AUKETT + HEESE were commisioned with the design and execution of Cisco Systems’ Stuttgart office, creating a modern, open office space.
The spectrum ranges from individual concentrated work in an encapsulated space to spaces for informal discussion in the corridor areas right down to the classic open-office structure with an acoustically sealed conference room. The striking point about this communal working solution is that the communication and touch-down zones take up about two-thirds of the total area, while the classic back-office is reduced to a minimum.
The Disney Store HQ was a conversion of the historic Royal Laundry Building for The Children’s Place. The aim was to design an environment which was open, and which fostered collaborative work for the company’s 230 employees. Clive Wilkinson Architects, in collaboration with workplace strategists DEGW, created an organisational plan which was articulated with colorful modular systems that became both architecture and furniture.
A 20-person ‘Block Conference Room’ is formed on two sides by foam block walls. When the foam modules are disassembled, they become the seating system for 200-person company meetings. A modular honeycomb structure, conceived as a flexible means of managing Disney sample product display, forms a second conference room.
Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and share them. The distinctive feature of the mobile app is the application of various digital filters to the photos, and the ease in which they can be shared on a variety of social networking services. In 2012, Facebook famously made an offer to acquire Instagram for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock!
The office unsurprisingly has a distinctive vintage feel to it, although it avoids looking dated through modern feature pieces and well thought out design. The look is achieved through the use of natural wood and brown tones throughout. We especially like the shelving unit stacked with old vintage cameras, very cool indeed!
The design for the Instagram office was inspired by their branding. We created a custom coffee station, built an inventory of retro furniture, and curated a vintage camera collection, which is on display on the lobby.
The brick ceiling and cast-iron columns are restored nods to the industrial past of the building, while the dark timber wall paneling, light oak floors and soft hues of fabrics and furnishings add a comfortable feel.
Intermedia is a large Los Angeles based advertising firm, offering all in-house capabilities from total retail brand building and direct marketing to advertising support and production. Their clients include the linkes of the US Army, GMAC Insurance, Armor All, Budget Blinds, Glad, Clorox and Black & Decker.
Their office was designed by Shubin + Donaldson Architects, and uses classic furniture and modern architecture to create a very stylish and eye-catching office space!
The William Wrigley Jr. Company is a company headquartered in the Wrigley Building in Chicago, Illinois. The company was founded on April 1, 1891, originally selling products such as soap and baking powder. In 1892 the company’s founder began packaging chewing gum with each can of baking powder. The chewing gum eventually became more popular than the baking powder itself and Wrigley’s reoriented the company to produce the popular chewing gum.
At 2320 meters squared, this space is Wrigley’s office space in Asquith, Australia. Although comparatively the office is basic, it is still well designed. Bright open spaces are the main design feature, and we especially like the conference room which features a bright colourful background. It goes to show that a good office does not need to have all the bells and whistles as seen with the likes of RedBull, Google or Facebook. Good design is simple and effective, the rest is just a bonus.
Ashley Price Interior Design designed this office for Urban Systems, which is a community-based engineering firm. The office is located in British Columbia, Canada. It is near the up-and-coming area of Yaletown.
The office space houses 14 employees and has some great views from their elevated floor. My favorite feature is the eye-catching reception and its bright flooring draws you into the space and is then echoed using red accents throughout the rest of the office.
This is the amazing office space of Web.tv, which is located in Bursa Turkey. The office houses over 200 employees, and is set in a large building, allowing the company to flex its creative muscle and incorporate all manner of design features! Some of the special features in the office are caves, a ski tram, a cloud egg thing, a sail boat table, a stage, bar, cafe, relaxation room, and gym.
The aim of the office is combine the past with the future. It has been designed by the traditional and popular objects of the city Bursa with a modern point of view.