Top 5 Offices In Europe
Some businesses like to keep things plain and simple, but some try to offer everything that an employee could ever hope for. It can be anything from a games room to separate and unique chambers for you to work or unwind. Here we take a look at the five best offices in the European Union.
Red Bull HQ, London
Red Bull was first introduced to the people of Thailand in 1976, and has since become one of the most popular energy drinks on the planet. Not only has the drink itself become a huge success, but the company has done very well for itself in terms of advertising, exposure and endorsements. They regularly support various sporting and music events, and even host a few of their own including Red Bull X Fighters and Red Bull Rampage. They even supported Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space and have recording studios worldwide.
Their London dig is situated in the Southwark area, just off of London Bridge and Tower Bridge. It was designed by the guys at Jump Studio, and cost around £1.2million to complete. There was roughly 12,000 square foot to play around with so there was plenty of scope for ideas. The offices were originally split into two, so Jump had to figure out a way to blend the two together seamlessly. The main aim was to achieve a look that stimulated the minds and bodies of those who work there, and anyone who enters its doors.
Bahnhof is a brand of internet service provider that was founded in 1994 by Oscar Swarts. Their biggest claim to fame thus far in their run in with the people at WikiLeaks. In 2010 they received a staggering revenue and have a total of just 63 employees.
This piece was designed by Albert France-Lanord Architects, and is built into the White Mountains of Sweden, making it very secluded and private. All data is kept in ultra-secure bunkers, plus most of the mountains surface is kept exposed for that true top secret look. In its past life it was an anti-atomic shelter, and they used granite from the local park to incorporate into the new and modern look. Needless to say, if anything went wrong these guys would be more than secure.
Comvert is a modern company that designs and distributes the likes of clothing, sports boards and various accessories. They too were founded in 1994, and is a privately held company. Little is known about the company itself, but they still do very well for themselves. They own a few of their own brands, including Bastard (all clothing), Jimmy’z (shorts and caps) and Confusion (a skateboard magazine).
Their offices are located in an abandoned cinema, but at the time were undecided on what to do with the extra seating near the top of the ceiling. Their solution to this was to convert it into a large indoor skate bowl that both employees and customers alike could go and let their hair down. It is sat directly above the offices which might be scary to some, but the structure is perfectly secured.
Bacardi Limited is a Cuban company that manufactures various brands of spirits, including Grey Goose and Martini & Rossi. It was founded by a Spanish wine merchant in a town called Sitges, and has since taken the world by storm. In its lifetime it has received hundreds of awards, including two gold medals and a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition between 2008 and 2010.
Their London premises is one of the more sophisticated offices they own, incorporating a bar theme throughout. The building was refurbished by the guys at EDGE last year to support recent changes in culture and to encourage more interaction and functionality. They have an in-built bar which was designed for promotional use during the evenings which works incredibly well.
Google’s Engineering HQ, Zurich
Google has been around for several years, starting out as a small group of friends and expanding into one of the most widely known businesses on earth. Their main headquarters, cleverly named the Googleplex, is situated in the wonderful city of California but all the number crunching and so forth is carried out in Zurich.
Their offices are some of the most quirky buildings you will find across the world, and their engineering department is no exception to the rule. You’ll find all sorts of unique seating areas and play rooms, and they also have some slides for good measure. Having such a colourful logo it’s no surprise that there is an array of patterns and shades throughout the building, plus there is no shortage of peculiar items to pique your interest.
The EU Parliament has on several occasions stated that access to the Internet is one of basic human rights. Now, Finland has become the first country to actually declare fast (broadband) Internet access a legal right.
In practice, this means that telecom companies in Finland will be required to provide all Finnish citizens – all 5.3 million of them – with broaband Internet connection of at least 1 Mbps, starting in July.
That’s not all. According to the legislative counselor for the Ministry of Transport and Communications Laura Vilkkonen, the plan is to provide all the citizens with even faster broadband speeds (100 Mbps) by 2015. “We think it’s something you cannot live without in modern society. Like banking services or water or electricity, you need Internet connection,” she said.
This task is easier to achieve in Finland than most other countries, since its broadband penetration rate is among the highest in the world. In the US, the FCC may need as much as 350 billion dollars to expand broadband coverage throughout the country.
This decision by the Finnish Government is in contrast with the often heard proposals (especially in France and the UK, but also – surprisingly – in Finland) about the possible introduction of the three-strikes law, under which illegal file sharers would be disconnected from the Internet after repeated offenses. Making something a legal right doesn’t mean it cannot be taken away, but the government’s stance that broadband Internet access is similar to “banking services or water or electricity” should mean that net access should not be taken away from people lightly, if at all.
[ Article source: Mashable ]