Businesses are becoming increasingly innovative when it comes to the design and functionality of their offices – not only to attract top talent but also to keep their employees happy and engaged. Here’s a look at three creative spaces from around the globe.
Canva > Sydney, Australia
Creating a healthy, happy workplace
Canva’s user-friendly drag-and-drop design tool, which provides access to images, layouts, fonts and more, allows anyone to “Design anything. Publish anywhere.” And the start-up, which was founded in 2012, has been just as innovative in creating their bright, vibrant Sydney office.
Along with being able to bring their pets to work, Canva Sydney employees can enjoy breakfast and lunch with their co-workers in the communal dining area – these meals are prepared daily by the company’s in-house chefs. Some of the other perks enjoyed by staff include flexible hours as well as access to parent rooms, relaxation areas, a climbing wall and arcade games. The company also offers employees free memberships to local fitness studios.
Lego > Billund, Denmark
Where work meets play
Lego has recently opened two new office buildings at its headquarters in Billund, which fittingly pay homage to the company’s much-loved toy bricks. According to architecture and design magazine Dezeen, “Århus studio CF Møller Architects designed the offices with bold, geometric forms reminiscent of Lego bricks, which are also playfully adorned with giant versions of the building blocks.”
The magazine also reveals that the design was “informed by a painting in the office of Lego’s owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, which portrays a child proudly presenting his Lego creation.” The interiors of the offices are equally striking – wood, brick, large windows and bright colours have been used throughout to create a sense of openness, playfulness and fun. The full Lego HQ project is set to be completed in 2021.
Bark > Ohio, United States
An animal lover’s dream
This US-based company creates products and services for man’s best friend – and according to its website, bark.co, the company wants, “to make dogs as happy as they make us. Because dogs and humans are better together.” That’s a mission statement we can definitely get behind – and Bark certainly walks the talk when it comes to their employees, as can be seen in their Ohio office, which was designed by architecture firm NBBJ.
According to NBBJ, the office is “designed to withstand dirty paws and unplanned accidents” and includes “themed conference rooms, workspaces and commemorative toy-lined walls that foster an authentic and engaging workplace.” In creating a space friendly to both dogs and humans, the firm incorporated ‘amenity bars’ around the office which include comfy ‘nooks’ with power points and built-in water bowls, where employees and their canine companions can relax on easy-to-clean upholstered cushions.
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