For the amount of time we spend in our workplace, we really need to be happy there. While colleagues and the work itself play a big role, so too does the physical environment. The physical aspects of our workplace environment can have a direct impact on our productivity, health and overall job satisfaction. Natural light, a considered layout and ergonomic furniture are important, but what about a space's 'creativity'?
As the importance of creative thinking has transitioned from the arts into everyday business, many companies around the world are investing in their office fits-outs to boost workers' productivity. 'Play' through interactive spaces where people can step outside of their comfort zone, natural materials, colour, and sounds and scents have been found to activate the creative mind. The idea of childlike play in particular is actively being encouraged in offices from Berlin to LA: think pirate ships, swinging chairs and hot air balloons. Take a look...
1. Social Tables – Washington DC
Stand-out features: 360% fuchsia in the entrance, 10,000 square foot event space and a different theme in every meeting room.
2. Uniplaces Headquarters – Lisbon
Stand-out features: Wall to wall suspended nets for 'meeting's and a living vertical garden the full length of one room.
3. La Parisienne Assurances – Paris
Stand-out features: The curved, corrugated walls created from slatted wood and office chairs that swing.
4. Google - ZurichStand-out features: Bee-hives and hot air balloons to meet / rest / eat in.
5. Selgas Cano Architecture - MadridStand-out features: The semi submerged space that gives a 'bugs-eye' view of the world and reduced the need for artificial light during the day.
6. Inventionland Design Factory - PittsburghStand-out features: A treehouse, a burrow and a pirate ship are some of the places that you can make your cubicle.
7. Pallotta Teamworks - L.A.Stand-out features: The 'work neighbourhoods' made of tents and three-storey shipping containers.
Photos sourced from Office Snaps.