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    8 technology companies with rather unique offices

    Lisa Rapley

    Architecture & Design looks at 8 technology companies which have added some unique features to their offices all for easier collaboration of employees and putting their mark on the space.


    Apple’s new headquarters look like something from outer-space, but really it is the work of Norman Foster. The 176-acre mini-city will included a 2.8m square foot, circular main building surrounded by forest. It will run on renewable energy and will cost $5 billion. It is expected to be completed in 2016.



    Amazon gained planning permission for its new Seattle headquarters to be a trio of glass orbs which contain a jungle of mature trees and tropical plants. It is designed by American architecture firm NBBJ and will accommodate 1800 Amazon employes in 30 metre-high transparent balls. Three traditional office blocks will also be built around the campus.



    Built in a 1937 San Francisco building, Twitter’s first purpose-designed headquarters feature brightly coloured furniture and anything you could possibly want from an office. Global interior firm IA Architects worked with San Francisco practice Lundberg Design on the renovations. The design is meant to reflect the Twitter culture and enable creativity.



    Google’s London office was designed by architecture firm Scott Brownrigg, which features a giant logo in the lobby.  The office is designed to create a dynamic, collaborative work space and, as with many Google offices, has a strong local theme. Brighton beach is the main theme throughout the office, which features dodgem cars for work spaces, red telephone booths, beach huts and giant dice. Oh, and did I mention the O's are doors?



    Adobe’s Utah campus was designed by WRNS Studio with the interiors designed by Rapt Studio. It features a basketball court and ping pong tables, with walls covered in murals by street artist El Mac and tattoo and graffiti artist Mike Giant. Housing over 1000 Adobe employees, the office features huge colour swatches from Pantone on the end of rows of desks, while feature walls have handwritten and digital typography.



    Microsoft headquarters in Vienna were designed by Austrian architects Innocad, who won a competition to design the three-storey offices. They feature themed meeting rooms including a hunting lodge and ocean. And you can’t forget the slide.



    Google in Tel Aviv has one too.




    The offices of Foursqaure in New York are filled with themed rooms based on the various digital badges users can earn from checking in.


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