4 Swoon-Worthy Office Spaces that Are Beautiful AND Functional

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The Rolling Stones once sang that you can’t always get what you want, but what if we told you that sometimes you could? When it comes to office space, if you implement smart design, you can indeed get what you want.

So let’s look at a few office spaces that are particularly swoon-worthy in the sense that they are not only functional, but beautiful to boot.

Software designer Epic Systems Corporation’s office is on the move – in a way, literally. One office hallway, in particular, is intriguing as it is designed to look like a car straight out the New York City subway. Beautiful and eye-catching? Certainly. But there’s more. According to Business Insider, the corporate campus resembles a ski lodge straight out of Lake Tahoe, which is echoed in the ballroom inside with its rustic design. BI notes that “the cafeteria reminds us of summer camp” with its bright and airy décor, and the conference room is even modeled after a treehouse. So what’s the functionality?

The fact that these are spaces where people not only want to work, but also where they wish to dwell and linger – which is essential to getting the most out of one’s employees. Create a space where people want to be and you’re going to have a lot more productivity within those walls.

It won’t surprise you to learn about the  Microsoft Systems’ office features that include – among other cool bits – a table that also functions as a large tablet touchscreen. This works on a variety of levels: not only is it amusing and eye-catching, but it can function beautifully as the centerpiece of a team meeting as opposed to a dull white board or PowerPoint presentation. Face it, which would you rather stare at?

Google adds a little fun to their employees’ workday courtesy of a metal slide that transports workers from one level to another. Glassdoor spokesperson Samantha Zupan told Forbes that moves such as these aren’t just surface gimmicks. “Creating a cool office space can and should reflect a company’s culture,” Zupan said. “It can be a sense of pride for employees and an attractive selling point to recruits. Depending on how you design the workplace, it can offer a host of benefits. For example, an area with video games gives employees a chance to decompress and not focus on work for a little while, or a meeting area that’s filled with color and interesting structures could help stir up employees’ creative juices.” In Google’s case, workers land with a smile that will likely carry them through their day.x

Another slide-equipped office can be found at 179 John Street in Toronto, a nearly 70,000 square-foot, eight-story brick-and-beam property built around the turn of the 20th century. The classic design here not provides an inviting element for employees that is non-distracting as well.

The clean lines of 420 Wellington Street West in Toronto showcase classic architectural design that has been recently repurposed and revamped. This nearly 37,000-square-foot property encompasses three stories of brick and beam and was built in 1912.

Finally, over at Facebook’s San Francisco Peninsula campus, a video-game room does exactly as Zupan describes. Not only is it a place where employees can blow off a little steam, but they can unleash their creativity and strategic thinking – something that, for the cost of a video game, they can then bring back to the task at hand. Not bad for a fragment of inspired office design.

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