The World’s Most Beautiful Offices of 2018
This year’s picks for World’s Coolest Offices boast unique features to cater to every need–from gelato bars to digital detox rooms. Beyond the perks, they’re also simply beautiful spaces–in which to work, to crank on deadline, or just to dream up the next big idea. Here we go with the Most Beautiful Offices.
Codigo Del Sur | Montevideo, Uruguay
Codigo Del Sur, an Uruguayan mobile app developer, converted a 1920s mansion into an office with steampunk vibes–combining both luxury and sophistication with the futuristic spirit of the company.
Inside the three-story home with 15 rooms you’ll find fine leather Chesterfield sofas, a grand piano, and video art pieces emulating supercomputers from a post-apocalyptic future.
The office comes with a library and multiple collaboration spaces, including kitchens on each floor, an indoor barbecue room, playroom, and a garden outside. There’s also a pool that employees use every Friday in summer and two inner courtyards.
Bumble | Austin, Texas
The social networking and dating app’s office isn’t shy about taking bold style cues from its bee theme.
The office is dominated by honeycomb shapes, with thousands of hexagons on the tiles, shelves, and light fixtures. Inspirational messages on the office walls say “Make the First Move” or “Be the CEO Your Parents Always Wanted You to Marry.”
Hutch | Culver City, Calif.
It’s not a surprise that Hutch, an app that lets you virtually design your home, would have a good eye for office design. The goal: to create a space that evokes both creativity and comfort.
The office pays homage to L.A. by decorating each room to reflect a specific part of the city (Culver City, Echo Park, Venice, and Downtown L.A.). Hutch designed its common spaces, such as the kitchen (left) and conference rooms, with its own app to find cozy, lived-in furnishings.
The bathrooms, while small, pack in a lot color and pattern with bold wallpaper prints. Right outside the bathroom, a local artist created a mural of the company’s favorite design “filters” in the hallway.
Instagram | New York
When you enter Instagram’s office in the old Wanamaker’s department store, you’ll find a “Digital Greeting Wall” that curates a feed content from Instagram’s global community of 800-plus million users. The wall photos are also sourced from Instagram.
A highlight of the office is the juice and gelato bar, inspired by a 1930s Cuban-Miami aesthetic. Over 18 smoothies and juices are made to order, with Instagram-inspired names such as Gingham and X-Pro. Over 20 gelato flavors are available.
L’Oreal Offices | Paris
The global French cosmetics company paired with interior design and architecture agency Maison Sarah Lavoine to help design the new office campus nestled in the banks of the Seine.
The space has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, furnished with low tables and chairs in bright blues and baby pinks. Clusters of glass baubles in muted natural tones soften the atmosphere of the office.
The new campus houses some 2,000 staff and contains several patio gardens and a terrace on the 8th floor overlooking Paris and La Defense, the city’s business district. There’s also a beauty parlor and digital detox rooms available for employees.