Get inspired: 5 incredible office spaces
Working away in a dark, messy or characterless room isn’t conducive to creativity and great ideas. Think about how much more inspired you feel while staring at the sea, surrounded by greenery or admiring breathtaking landscapes – which is why it’s really worth creating a working environment that gets your imagination going. Some of the most innovative, successful businesses around the world recognise and invest in their office space, ensuring that it encourages the best from its employees. Here, we’ve picked out five of our favourites – from the big wigs to companies offering incredible office spaces that can fit in the bottom of your garden.
1. Mind Candy, London
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Mind Candy is the family entertainment company responsible for creating the super successful game Moshi Monsters. Its office was voted the coolest in Britain a couple of years ago, and it’s easy to see why – the Shoreditch studios boast woodland-themed desks, gumball machines, a huge red slide and the sort of wallpaper that children can only dream of.
- Invisible Studio, Bath
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Architect Piers Taylor set up his Invisible Studio practice in Bath to work on projects that really interested him, from ecologically sensitive builds through to public spaces. The company’s own office, Visible Studio, is a great testament to their work – a large space on stilts clad in unseasoned timber. Oh, and it’s in the middle of a forest near Bath. Just in case it wasn’t cool enough already.
- Google, Tel Aviv
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If there’s any company you’d expect to have exciting offices, it’s Google. Office designers and architects Evolution Office were charged with designing five of their offices around the world – including the jaw-dropping Tel Aviv space with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city. We’re pretty certain you’d never struggle for ideas in one of those meeting rooms.
- Blue Forest Ltd
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Imagine working from a tree house: you look up from your laptop for a little screen break and are greeted by the sight of leaves, branches and birds. Tree house offices aren’t much like what you remember from your childhood, either – these are huge, timber constructions that wrap around a number of trees and have heating, lighting, broadband, TV and, in some cases, a wine cooler.
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Perfect for one-man businesses, writers or musicians, these garden pods from Archipod are a great way to separate your personal and business lives. They look pretty cool, too; the rounded pods are clad in timber and include a large roof light, so there’s very little need for artificial illumination. Plus you don’t have to commute further than a few steps from your home every morning.
Spruce up your office without breaking the bank:
If you’re working in a small home office, you’ll need to make the most of the space you have. Paint your room in white or pastels to make it feel roomier, keep furniture sleek and compact and avoid clutter as far as you can. Place your desk and laptop as close to the window as possible – the light will lift your mood and a view of the outside world is always good for creativity.
Cut the clutter
There’s nothing more depressing than an office strewn with files, paperwork, empty boxes and piles of receipts. Start as you mean to go on and keep everything filed. You can always pop older files into the attic or storage to free up space in your home.
Find some prints or posters that you find inspiring, frame them and put them up on the wall. Add some pops of colour with a few cushions, coloured shelving or a patterned rug. And never underestimate the power of a plant or vase of flowers to transform a room into a cosy, inviting space.