If you’ve ever laboured like a battery-chicken in a beige open-plan office, you might find it hard to believe that some workspaces are actually designed with employee wellbeing in mind.
Creativity and commercial property don’t always go hand in hand, but there are some excellent examples of ambient workplace interiors that are cosy, calm and comfortable.
So if you’re looking for inspiration for your own company, here are three cool offices you’ll wish you worked in.
Ogilvy & Mather, Jakarta
Employees at the Jakarta outpost of ad agency Ogilvy & Mather spend their working hours in one of the world’s most thoughtfully designed offices.
Curved lines and circular shapes abound in an interior that features cool cylindrical meeting rooms and generously-proportioned work desks.
Traditional wooden flooring is matched with bold red and black upholstery, with enough white space to maintain a sense of serenity.
And like any self-respecting modern office, it features a slide from the top to lower floor for those who feel the stairs simply aren’t enough fun.
It’s unclear whether these surroundings make satisfying high-end clients any easier, but the environment must be better than pushing papers around a desk in a Portacabin.
LinkedIn, New York
LinkedIn’s Manhattan office is located in the Empire State Building — pretty impressive.
The social media behemoth occupies five and a half floors of the famous skyscraper and features an office movie theatre and canteen serving catered lunches and breakfasts.
Staff can socialise over games of table football and choose to work flexibly in a choice of themed spaces when they need a change of scenery from shared desks.
Other homely features include a library stocked with favourite books that employees donate themselves and a pet wall where workers can hang photos of their pets so they don’t miss them too much while working.
With all the above attractions, workers might even stick around at work longer than their contracts require — making it unlikely that LinkedIn loses out on productivity.
If the press coverage is reliable, working for price comparison site money.co.uk is the employment equivalent of hitting the lottery jackpot.
Staff are given free beer and expenses-paid holidays — but the fairy-tale is enhanced by the fact that they also work in a Grade II-listed castle.
The interior was refurbished by foppish designer Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen — the prancing dandy has included fancy themed toilets with floor-to-ceiling vanity mirrors and meeting rooms where suits of armour clash with stark industrial piping.
This HQ also features a staff cinema with a sci-fi theme that gives the impression of being trapped in an air-lock from the Death Star.
If you’re looking for the ideal property for your own dream office, a reputable registry site like Town Door is probably your best bet — but finding your own castle might prove tricky.
These three cool offices you’ll wish you worked in prove that some employers are willing to use their imaginations to make work that little bit more interesting for all involved.
What would your dream office look like? Share your ideas in the comments section.