Our homes are tricked out with comfortable furniture, stylish decor, and the latest technology — shouldn’t our work spaces be equally lavish?
From the indoor lawns at Japanese ad agency TBWA to the bright blue slide at footwear company Toms, the coolest office spaces around the world understand that a well-designed workplace can impact people’s happiness just as much as where they live.
You might even want to move into these offices.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, the offices of ad agency Ogilvy & Mather turn ordinary stairs into a work station and playground slide.
Microsoft's offices in Vienna features a slide of its own, as well as retro-chic conference rooms in rich blues, pale greens, and natural wood.
Facebook's offices in Tel Aviv make use of public chalkboard walls to write on -- but with a more restrained design intended to promote work over socialising.
Pixar's sprawling campus in Emeryville, California sits behind a locked gate and contains gardens, a lap pool, and an oversized sculpture of Luxo Jr. (the famed animated lamp) and his ball.
Groupon's office in Chicago features breakout spaces with indoor swings and island-themed areas to relax -- random boulders included.
The Toms office in Los Angeles comes with a big blue slide, motivational signs, and all the wood embellishments you could ask for. Another plus: It's totally dog-friendly.
Kickstarter moved to its current Brooklyn location in 2014. It occupies an industrial space adorned with successful projects funded on the site, including a plant that turns electrical energy into music.
The offices of the architecture firm Sanctuary, located in Bangalore, India, blend the outdoors and indoors with movable walls that facilitate air flow. The bungalow-like feel also allows workers to escape in a canopied-style patio, shaded from the harsh sun by surrounding trees.
Square's San Francisco office was designed to function like a city. Co-workers convene around a 'town square' coffee bar and travel down a main 'avenue' as opposed to a hallway.
LinkedIn's office in New York features a 'Tavern on the Blue,' a take on Central Park's famed restaurant, Tavern on the Green. It's one of three kitchens in the office.
Quicken Loans, headquartered in Detroit, gives employees ample ways to decompress -- including a pool table built to look like a Ford Mustang, a basketball court, and in-office scooters.
The studios of Selgas Cano Architecture, in Madrid, are tucked inside the woods and nestled partially underground.
Skype's headquarters in Stockholm look like a cross between IKEA and the inside of a lava lamp. It's no wonder the designs are clean and flawless.
In New York, Spotify uses pieces of string instead of drywall to separate spaces. Employees use the lightweight barriers to signal they're working but aren't impossible to reach in case something comes up.
Twitter's home base in San Francisco was built to look like a giant wooden birdhouse. Its cafeteria is known as #theperch.
The ad agency of TBWA Hakuhodo, in Tokyo, gives employees a way to connect with nature without venturing outside: soothing indoor lawns.
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