SoundCloud’s Impressive HQ in Berlin

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SoundCloud, the startup that is currently valued at $700 million, provides an online audio sharing platform, where users can upload and stream music files. With expanding user base, currently with 250 million users, the Berlin-based company is undergoing fast expansion, also apparent in their brand new 4,000 square meter headquarters in Berlin.

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Designed with concrete floors, the spacious workplace has an urban, industrial feel. This ambiance is reinforced by many of the interior elements, which were left unchanged from its former function as a brewery. This unconventional office space has a total capacity of 350 people, almost double to the current SoundCloud team of 180 spread in product, engineering, design, finance community, legal and HR teams.

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Designed by German architect firm Kinzo, this office features plenty of perks, immanent to almost every startup workplace. A library, a garden, yoga room, fireplace, even a relax area with an acoustic isolating curtain.

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The wood-burning fireplace lounge area is purposefully designer tech-free, so employees can “switch off” for a moment and engage in non work related conversations. There are also 16 uniquely designed meeting rooms that vary in size, but all feature glass walls to reinforce the company’s transparent image and culture. The designers also took special care in making the office eco-friendly with couch cushions made from sustainable hemp and coconut.

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As an audio company the cool office space also features plenty of sound equipment as well as a dedicated recording studio.

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eOffice in Support of the GREENWILL Initiative

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We are pleased to support the GREENWILL initiative, achieving greener, healthier and more productive work environment for our members.

Many businesses, public enterprises, large and small organizations are willing to take part in making the world a cleaner and more sustainable place. They are keen to find ways to reduce cost, maximize output, improve their public image and respond to the general pressure in creating an environmentally friendly workspace. But all too often they don’t know how to take the first steps.

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eOffice team with Michele Orzan, President of the EUROPEAN CHAMBER

This is where the GREENWILL initiative comes in place in order to help companies achieve these parallel goals. Leading this invaluable initiative is EuCham – European Chamber, spreading the simple, concise and completely voluntary set of guidelines to help make every company’s operations more sustainable.

Any business willing to make their activities and work environment greener can join the GREENWILL initiative and make that pledge public. The simple guidelines help interested parties shape their approach towards commuting, transport use, electricity, water, heating & cooling, waste, recycling and hazardous materials.

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By registering for GREENWILL every company will receive an annual Green Policy for free from GREENWILL. By adopting and implementing even a few of the guidelines will help make the world a greener and friendlier place!

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Worksping – our high-end eNetwork partner in Chicago

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The modern, high-quality facilities and coworking space of our partner in Chicago – Workspring, promotes wellbeing and helps small to medium size companies accomplish their business goals and get on with their work. The space is designed to offer ultimate comfort and flexibility, from attentive staff to all-inclusive amenities, which makes Workspring the perfect venue for meetings, business events and coworking.

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Tailored to entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small to medium size businesses, Workspring offers open plan office solutions on an hourly or full time basis in compliance with today’s mobile worker. Workspring’s design-led workplace is equipped with user-friendly technology and personal touches to specifically cater for the individual ways of work. In their own words:

When it comes to turning insights into human-centered design, ours is a process that never ends.

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This statement fully supports the company’s culture to always evolve and look for the new trends and requirements within the coworking sector. Their strong believe that work should be rewarding, fulfilling and ultimately offer a deeper sense of wellbeing is the main reason that drives the company’s innovative spirit and strive to sustain a healthy and satisfied coworking community.

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With fully equipped meeting and conference rooms Workspring offers flexible solutions to companies who are looking for temporary work space in Chicago. The modern space is aimed to accommodate businesses experiencing growth or downsize, offering solutions to adapt to the individual work and environment needs.

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A calendar of networking events and workshops presents invaluable collaboration opportunities as well as meeting like-minded professionals to further develop business relations and exchange of ideas and knowledge.

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Chartboost’s New, Creative Headquarters in San Francisco

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Whole Foods Market Headquarters in California

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our Design-Led Office Neighbour in Soho, London

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coworking Europe Conference 2014, Lisbon, Portugal

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We were thrilled to be part of the annual Coworking Conference, held this year at the exciting capital of Portugal, Lisbon. With an emerging startup and coworking scene, the location was perfect, gathering some of the leading figures in the serviced office industry as well as a great mix of entrepreneurs, freelancers and professionals interested in the future of coworking.

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In three days, filled with presentations, seminars, discussion panels and informal gatherings, the audience got the chance to cover interesting topics from the field of coworking, the changing nature of today’s workplace and the ways we work.

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One of the first impressive charts displayed on the big screen in Sao Jorge Cinema, where the conference took place, was the steady growth of the coworking trend and the year on year increase in the coworking facilities closing into 6,000 worldwide.   A concept, that emerged almost 50 years ago in California, coworking has evolved to become an industry on its own, accommodating various types of entrepreneurs, startups, and small to medium size companies, who see benefits in the shared office environment in terms of collaboration, and interaction.

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Topics on community and community management were also covered in smaller groups, giving insights into the different practices applied by centres around the world. Success and failure stories were shared, giving perfect examples how to efficiently maintain and expand your coworking community

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Pier Paolo Mucelli, Founder of eOffice, was part of a panel of experienced professionals in the Business centre/ coworking sector discussing and sharing best practice in multiplying Coworking directories – definitely the way forward in expanding the reach and awareness of your centre.

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A popular topic this year was also coworking in remote locations. In response to the growing demand for spaces offering a share workspace environment, the coworking trend has transported itself to small cities and remote areas with a lower concentration of business activities. This is also in tune with the mobile nature of today’s work and the technological advances that supported this transition. There is an emerging community of the so called “nomad workers”, able to work from any spot on the planet as well as purposefully relocating themselves to the smaller and exotic places, which offer a cost efficient alternative to the big city. Not to mention the favourable climate.

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Elaborating on this trend is “Out of the Office”, the book by Carlos Goncalves, founder of AVILA Business Centre Lisbon, which examines the new ways of work adopted by our society, the different factors affecting that change as well as what is installed for the future of the workplace. Definitely worth reading!

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The Coworking Europe Conference ended with an organized tour in some of the leading coworking spaces in Lisbon, starting from AVILA Business Centre, member of the eOffice eNetwork. Their stylish office environment offers a professional setting infused with a homey feel, making it a pleasure to work from.  Another impressive visit on the tour was Underground Village Lisboa – very much one of the most alternative workspaces we have seen.

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The team is now back in London with tons of industry insights, great new connections and excitement to see the evolution of our industry in 2015. See you in the next Coworking Conference 2016!

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Link2U – our eOffice eNetwork Partner in Sao Paolo, Brazil

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Located in the cosmopolitan city of Sao Paolo, Brazil, our eOffice, eNetwork partner Link2U offers a stylish coworking environment, with open plan space bringing together professionals from different business sectors. They are firm believers in the concept of sharing an office space as an opportunity for sharing experience, knowledge and skills as well as creating potential valuable partnerships. And Sao Paolo might be one of the best cities to flourish such a concept.

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As the 10th richest city in the world, Sao Paolo is the biggest financial centre in the world. With large number of foreign corporations the city is thriving with opportunities for emerging companies and entrepreneurs who want to have a strategic positioning in the South American continent. The fast pace growth of the Brazilian economy saw the emergence of non-traditional methods of the work culture, one being the coworking concept. Now more and more people turn to those interactive venues as a preferred environment to set their business practice and start growing.

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Link2U offers fully serviced office environment available on an hourly, monthly or yearly basis. The space is ideal for entrepreneurs, small to medium size companies, and freelancers looking for a vibrant environment with like-minded professionals. The venue is accessible 24/7 and fully equipped with kitchen amenities as well as a lounge area for relaxation or informal meetings with incredible views of Av. Paulista. The meeting room is well appointed with all necessities for a business meeting, offering you the professional image you require.

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The building of Link2U office is strategically located on Av. Paulista – the most famous address in the city of Sao Paulo. With great transportation links, the building also has parking facilities inside as well as availability in front of the centre.

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The personable customer care team has hands on approach, helping members inquire the perfect plan for exactly what they need on a daily, monthly or yearly basis. Whether you need a full-time office or just hotdesking the flexible terms offered by Link2U are the perfect solution for entrepreneurs, freelancers or growing companies whose needs vary according to their business growth and work engagement.

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eOfis – our eNetwork partner in Istanbul, Turkey

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Part of the eOffice eNetwork, our established partner in Istanbul – eOfis, offers modern, fully furnished office spaces in some of the most prestigious locations of this buzzing metropolis.

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Istanbul, a capital city of three Great Empires, is now one of Turkey’s economic centres. As the most important export and import gate of the country, the city is a preferred business centre for professionals from the growing sectors of finance, tourism, services and banking.   The geographical location of Istanbul is also a favourable feature with international companies as the first four hours of the business day overlap with Asian countries and the other four with European. Istanbul’s unique location has made the city a financial centre for the entire region and has prompted a lot of entrepreneurial activities and business set up.

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In response to the growing demand of shared office facilities and the growth of small to medium size companies, eOfis offers stylish environment on flexible terms. Located in a number of prestigious addresses across Istanbul, eOfis provides a variety of services tailored for startups and entrepreneurs looking for company establishment support and practical office solutions. If your company only requires a prestigious address presence in Istanbul you can benefit from different virtual office packages to cover all your requirements.

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To maximize your productivity at a minimum cost, eOfis provides fully furnished modern office space, as well as having every call answered by your company name. All your mail will be collected on your behalf, and you will receive a prompt notification to your email address. High-tech, fully equipped meeting rooms can accommodated your business meeting as well as enhance your professional image.

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With 24/7 security, easy access to transportation links and personable customer care and reception team, eOfis is your best partner when looking for an office space, meeting room, virtual office or simply hotdesking on an hourly basis in Istanbul, Turkey.

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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.