Great workplace design can be a massive advantage for you business. By providing a well designed modern workplace for your employees you'll be able to attract the best talent, improve communication and productivity, and even build your brand. We've created a list of a few of our favourite office. Read on to find out more.
In 2018 Microsoft undertook a renovation of their New England Research & Development Center (NERD). The existing fitout was dated and divided into private offices with a focus on private coding. Microsoft engaged architecture firm Sasaski to completely re-imagine NERD.
The new fitout allows for a greater level of collaboration between staff with a range of different spaces. Teams are provided with project rooms that cater for 12-20 people, while a number of large flexible spaces cater for informal collaboration, quite work is allowed for with a series of small 1-2 person rooms. Microsoft has also paid great attention to employee well-being, providing several common areas that include pool tables, foosball, air hockey, arcade machines, gaming consoles, and TVs.
We love the varied use of colours and materials in the fitout. The view isn't bad either.
Patreon is a young tech company founded in 2013 which has grown rapidly over the last few years. To accommodate their growing workforce Patreon secured a lease on a large space in San Francisco's Design District, home to major tech companies such as Uber, Twitter, and Airbnb, and engaged architecture firm Gensler to design their fitout.
Pateron's office not only caters for their employees but also community members that use their platform. The fitout includes recording facilities, art studios, creator-in-residence suites, and a performance area.
We love how the office maintains a startup vibe while catering for a maturing company with a growing workforce.
C3 Bank is a small located in Southern California. Recently C3 engaged Brett Farrow Architect to design a new standalone building that would serve as not only as corporate offices but also a retail branch and semi-civic space.
Materials used in the design include marine grade stainless steel, western red cedar, and custom white concrete. An atrium and green roof bring nature into the building while also providing protection from the harsh Southern California sun. We love the the amount of natural penetration thanks to the extensive use of glazing and small floor plates.
Tech startup Grammarly splits it's operations between the US and Ukraine and recently engaged architecture firm Balbek Bureau to design the fitout for their 1,750m2 office in Keiv, Ukraine.
The office is split across two floors with the lower floor accounting for 1,400m2 of the space and the smaller mezzanine making up the balance. Due to the differing floor sizes a large atrium is provided that gives a great sense of space and allows natural light penetration.
Facilities include a conference hall seating up to 150 people, meeting rooms, a soundproof recreation zone, an employee canteen, and lounge facilities. Meeting rooms are equipped with the latest video conference technology so staff can connect with their colleagues located halfway around the world in New York and San Francisco.
We love the provided nap room.
One of the hottest startups of the last few years Slack has moved into a massive new office in San Francisco with fitout design by Studio O+A.
CEO Stewart Butterfield is an avid outdoorsman and Studio O+A used that as inspiration for much if the design. Each floor in the building has a theme drawing on a different part of the outdoor environment such as 'Glacier', 'Mountain Lakes', and 'Volcano/crater'.
Open plan office areas are located adjacent to the longest expanses of external windows providing ample natural light to all desks. Meeting and collaboration spaces are clustered in the centre of each floor plate providing both formal and informal settings.
We love the variety of spaces created by giving each floor a different theme.