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As if that wasn’t enough, Red Bull’s centre of operations in their native Austria is just as diverse. Situated in the lush Austrian village of Fuschl, from the outside it looks like some interplanetary wood-burning aliens have landed their mothership. From the inside, organic architectural shapes and natural tones contrast with modern iconography and vibrant colours. The company line is clear from this environment – presentation is everything!
Much like Slader + Vuga design up above, Thinkgarden’s office spaces blend the vibrancy and colour of nature with contoured furniture and equipment to create a working environment that has a relaxed and non-stressful ambience. Check out the hubless, freeform desk areas, the circular light-shades, and the pond-stone style seating cushions.
8. AOL Ventures
Did you even know AOL were still around? There’s been a whole host of changes at the company, not least their renewed vigor for engaging with bright young companies and cutting edge technologies. Their East Village offices are a perfect reflection of that. Exposed brickwork, arched openings, and a vividly diverse selection of objects and art (check out that English phone box, it’s real!), and a neat balance between private and open areas.
It’s become a bit of a trend amongst workplaces to associate work – particularly creative work – with play. The science backs this up however, and one of the most popular theories is that a child-like state promotes creativity and innovation. Nowhere has this been taken to such an extreme as the Inventionland offices – a real-life children’s story book come to life. Pirate ships, castles, caves, and race-tracks lie in every corner. It works – Inventionland licences out a new product once every three days!
10. Nothing Amsterdam – designed by Alrik Koudenburg and Joost van Bleiswijk
…And finally, in case all of that was too non-flammable for you, check out Nothings Amsterdam’s offices – built entirely out of cardboard! Surprisingly, it works – through smart usage of the material’s natural details, they’ve created intricately ornate pillars, sleek-looking storage compartments, and effectively created a consistent, clean design. A perfect example of how a little innovation can give you something cheap, functional, and environmentally friendly.