THESE 10 cool offices in London provide 10 excellent reasons why the UK is one of the workspace design capitals of Europe.
1. Coca-Cola, London
The iconic soft drink giant’s offices in Wimpole Street are another of the standout cool offices in London, designed by Linda Morey-Smith of MoreySmith, perform numerous modern twists on the heritage of the Coca-Cola brand. Memorabilia from the Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta lines the walls alongside specially commissioned artwork by British artists. The office also features an outdoor roof terrace, café, multi-purpose meeting rooms, and plenty of comfortable desk space.
2. Mother, London
The trendy Shoreditch-based advertising agency Mother has offices in a converted biscuit warehouse, with over 42,000 square feet of space. Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects the office’s centrepiece is a concrete table with the capacity to seat 200 people, allowing for a truly collaborative workspace. Plastic meat-packing curtains separate the meeting rooms, creating an environment with no doors.
3. Ticketmaster, London
Global ticket sales and distribution giant Ticketmaster has come up with a novel way to help staff beat work stress in its London headquarters. There is a slide, right in the middle of the office floor, leading to a basement level with a variety of fun downtime features, including an in-hour bar, arcade games and a jukebox. This slide is reason enough to make Ticketmaster one of the signature cool offices in London.
4. Friends of the Earth, London
Environmental charity Friends of the Earth have an incredible London office designed by Peldon Rose, inspired by the geographical regions the charity protects. The office, photographed by Matthew Beedle, features an iceberg meeting room, a wetlands communal space with boat seating and a rainforest desk area.
5. Splunk, London
American business data company Splunk certainly thought outside the box when planning their offices in London. Designed by Morgan Lovell, and housed in a building next to Paddington Station, Splunk’s offices feature edgy exposed brick with bespoke graffiti on the walls. Fun extras include a Dr Who’s TARDIS-style demo room and a Pullman carriage soundproof meeting room.
6. FCB Inferno, London
The creative juices were certainly flowing when creative advertising agency FCB Inferno were designing their Covent Garden offices. Featuring repurposed telephone boxes, blackboard walls and two in-office bars, the FCB Inferno offices are funky and whimsy—they even provide employees with a taste of endless summer, with an ice-cream machine on the top floor!
7. Living Social, London
As you might expect, modern brand Living Social’s base in the West End is perfectly attuned to the tastes of its young workforce. The offices, designed by the Interiors Group feature sleek, modern design with fun touches such as fuzzy pink carpet and cloud-print wallpaper. Staff can relax in a beach-style seating area, complete with deckchairs and palm trees.
8. Bold Rocket, London
Shoreditch-based firm Bold Rocket, part of the technology consulting firm Capco, has offices that emphasise the architecture of the 150-year-old loft building they’re situated in, with a signature motif of exposed brick, wood and steel throughout. Designed by D+DS Architecture and ThirdWay Interiors, the offices also incorporate distinctive features for staff enjoyment, including a pool table, and a great lounge area.
9. Forward Internet Group, London
This UK technology company’s offices boast an interior that fits right in with the vibrancy of the Camden area where they are located. The design, by Jump Studios, is inspired by Super Mario and Alice and Wonderland, and employees can avail of a music room, games room, table tennis and… a giant lobster!
10. Nike, London
For sports fans, Nike’s UK capital headquarters would be a dream on any list of cool offices in London. The company’s branded sports equipment lines the walls, and there are exercise-ball desk chairs and huge TVs showing the latest sport events. The design, by London-based creative agency Rosie Lee, is thoroughly modern, with graphic murals, bright colours and an open-plan layout.
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