Anyone who works or has worked in an office is familiar with the lifeless 9-to-5 routine, stress and sedentarism, which are obviously very bad for anyone's health and also, creativity. But architects all over the place are tackling the issue with working environments that stimulate and make employees feel good, useful and inspired by working in beautiful, sustainable spaces. Take a look at our 6 best office spaces, including an office made entirely from cardboard, another one filled with games and colorful micro-spaces and even one with a modular vegetable patch for growing and eating healthy goods at work.
Spanish architecture firm Selgas Cano works from a stunning glazed office immersed in a Madrid’s forest. Its streamlined design features a window that extends all-along allowing workers on their desks to spot wildlife pass by and watching the seasons change.
Dutch designer Joost van Bleiswijk and design director Alrik Koudenburg created a striking office for Amsterdam-based agency Nothing entirely from cardboard. Using ‘no glue, no screw’, this cool idea gives good use to a cheap throwaway material and it costs next to nothing.
Camenzind Evolution transformed a local brewery in Zurich into a colorful, collaborative office for Google’s EMEA Engineering in Zurich. Filled with pool tables, loungers and slides, this funky interactive space inspires cutting-edge creativity and innovation.
The Cuningham Group worked with REThink Development to designed their green, LEED Gold certified-office in Culver City. Featuring sustainable technologies, natural light and ventilation, shipping containers turned offices and luscious indoor gardens, this former MGM studio warehouse promotes hands-on sustainability and food farming.
California-based Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWA) redesigned the Macquarie Bank‘s headquarters in Sydney, Australia and reduced its energy consumption by a whopping 50%. Designed as a new collaborative workplace, the ten-story light filled atrium features 26 tiny ‘meeting pods” that allow good communication between themselves and the whole space.
Worldwide sustainability cooperative Except has turned an abandoned shipyard into a green, energy-neutral office in Amsterdam. Filled with lush, modular, hydroponic modules that produce food indoors, this ‘Crystal Forest’ space flourishes thanks to chlorine-free rainwater.