Most of us spend eight hours and more in an office each day. Spending a third of our time in an office environment, have you given thought about the design and conditions in your office? We look at some recent projects and selected a few of the most beautiful offices in the world, categorized by size - micro, small, medium, large and extra large.
Cereal's new office in Bath is a micro office dream. The celebrated company operates in the realm of magazine, guidebook and agency. Founders Rosa Park and Rich Stapleton worked with a Bath-based renovation company, The Flying Pig who completed the office renovation with craft. Each element of the office has its function, exuding an understated elegance and calmness.
Image by Rosa Park
Tap Management's London headquarter office was converted by Dominic McKenzie Architects from a former artist's studio. The office accommodates 30 workstations. Using a mix of industrial design, apparent from the use of black framed glass and black steel staircases, with warm timber, seen in the timber panelled walls, tables and furniture, the space looks professional yet cosy.
Image by Will Pryce
Kinfolk magazine's office in Copenhagen takes influence from both Scandinavian and Japanese design. Known for its curation of home, work, style and culture, Kinfolk promotes quality of life and their office lives and breathes it. Nathan Williams and Jessica Gray from the magazine worked closely with Danish studio Norm Architects to deliver the office plus gallery. Interior touches like the warm timber flooring, soft grey curtains and pendant lights create a restful atmosphere to the office.
The Pixel Factory, Digital Hyundai Card in Seoul is the company's fintech workspace designed to encourage and support innovation across the company's business. Housed within 32,000 sq. ft., the scheme was delivered by Gensler with a design brief to foster a culture of human interaction, innovation and collaboration. The bold colour palette coupled with thoughtful graphics including wayfinding logos create a utilitarian setting for the team to connect. The space is also highly flexible and connected with digital devices, leading to a large number of cables which are located in a bright overhead conveyor belt.
Apple Park, California is the current corporate headquarter office of Apple. The Apple Park is the sixth most expensive building in the world by total construction cost at the time of writing, totalling five billion US dollars. Leading architecture practice Foster + Partners designed it. The architecture practice is known for several airports, so this extra large office is a scale manageable by its team. Its research and development facilities are occupied by more than 2,000 people. Other facilities include a 3,000 sitting café, 1,000-seat auditorium, 20,000 employees serving wellness centre, to name a few.
Image by Foster + Partners
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Yvonne Chua, Architect | 30 September 2019
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