16 stimulating design offices to stir the senses

Updated! Take a look at these super-cool design offices, which ensure employees are never lacking creativity.

For some creative agencies, long gone are the days of dull and drab cubicle spaces, with employers realising that inspiring surroundings can have a direct effect on their employees' creativity. They don't have to be located in famous buildings – a tranquil setting, games area, or amazing design office mural can help to stir the creative juices.

Here we showcase 16 awesome design offices, which have been developed to accommodate all the creative needs of an artistic workforce. Why would anyone consider working from home when they could be grafting in one of these?


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ICRAVE has an office space that we seriously crave ourselves. Image via Design Milk

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Soothing wood aplenty. Image via Design Milk

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Chalkboards emphasise creativity. Image via Design Milk

Award-winning New York City-based design and branding firm ICRAVE combines minimalist aspects into its amazing offices. Designing it to mimic hotel lobbies and with the reception doubling up as a DJ booth, there's some seriously fun aspects to its interior.

The 8,000-square-foot space on Madison Square Park boasts flexible workspaces to encourage employee interaction and collaboration. Teamed with wooden decoration and cute chalk boards, it's an office we'd love to work in.

02. Google, Zurich

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Google employees relax with a little sport

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The Google Zurich offices have various different themed Gondolas, including these fake ski cabin designs

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This guy, like us, obviously wonders how to get any work done in such cool surroundings

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Jam, anyone?

Google offices really are incredible places, so you won't be surprised to find more than one included in this list. But our favourite of all its designs has to be the Zurich offices. How any Google employees get any work done here, we have no idea.

There's rooms to play sports, sing and dance, get a massage, an aquarium where employees can relax in a foam-filled bath, a sky lounge, jungle and movie room, slides, fireman's poles and much, much more. But we love the different themed Gondolas dotted around, which serve as meeting rooms. Amazing.

03. BICOM Communications

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Montreal designer Jean de Lessard filled the BICOM offices with all sorts of stylish goodies

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BICOM gets its name up in lights...

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The house-like pods define each work area

Montreal designer Jean de Lessard was recently commissioned to transform the offices of Canadian PR agency BICOM Communications into an area that inspires its employees and drives creativity. The result is this stylish, wide open space, filled with all sorts of stylish goodies.

The main feature of Lessard's design is the house-like pods, included to define work areas and each with their own decor, including fake grass and wood panelling. The company's social areas include some stylish furniture as well as its name up in bright lights.

04. Mind Candy

The Mind Candy offices features this wooden treehouse, which doubles as a meeting room

Who needs stairs when you can take this cool slide between floors?

Mind Candy employs let off a bit of steam at the office's coloring-in wall

This plant-infested palace is the office of game company Mind Candy. The new home to Moshi Monsters, the team moved office space last year to accommodate its 200 employees.

But this is no ordinary workspace, the company's new headquarters is decked out with astro turf carpeting, vines hanging from the ceiling, a wooden treehouse and gingerbread house doubling as meeting rooms, bright artwork around every corner, a colouring-in wall, quiet areas that look like hobbit holes and last, but by no means least, a helter skelter-style slide taking you between floors. Genius.

05. Ubiquitous

The company name in bold, stylish gold coloured type looks gorgeous against the newly wood panelled wall

Meeting rooms have been kitted out with tiled walls and atmospheric lighting

The Ubiquitous team can now hang out in this cool vintage-style room

Manchester-based communications agency Ubiquitous combined ideas, design and technology to this ultra-stylish office revamp. They spent two months of solid hard graft to ensure they got the office looking just right – not only providing detailed designs but sourcing all the new materials for it themselves.

Features of this cool design office include tiled and wood panelled walls, atmospheric lighting, a bike mounted on a wall, big, bold typography and vintage-style furniture.

06. Google Japan

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Gorgeous - but would you want to work here, or would the decor be too distracting?

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Google Japan's office is adorned with loud patterns and bright colours

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Whilst this environment might not be to everyone's taste, it's still a pretty impressive office

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Even the restrooms are filled with colourful designs

Google Japan's office is adorned with loud patterns and bright colours as well as a few inspirational examples of furniture design. Each team has their own specifically designed area that continues the theme of bold, brash and in-your-face design. Whilst this environment might not be to everyone's taste, it's still a pretty impressive office when it comes to the nine to five.

07. Adobe

We love this stunning use of typography for one of Adobe's meeting rooms

Does your office have a chilled area like this? Ours neither!

Earlier this year Rapt Studio gave Adobe's 260,000 square foot campus a brilliantly creative makeover. This exclusive video documents El Mac completing his spray paint mural. It's a one-of-a-kind project that centres the entire building around a piece of street art.

In addition to work by El Mac, tattoo and street artist Mike Giant has a mural showcased at the building. The design also features an employee café, full NBA-sized indoor basketball court, a game room named The Bunker, a fully equipped gym, and interactive artwork that is inspired by Adobe's products.

08. Selgas Cano Architecture, Madrid

This beautiful studio is half under and half above ground level. Image © Iwan Baan www.iwan.com

Employees get a beautiful, round the clock view from wherever they sit. Image © Iwan Baan www.iwan.com

This gorgeous studio belongs to and was designed and created by Selgas Cano Architecture. Located in the middle of the woods in Madrid, half of the tube-like structure is underground while a glass canopy forms the rest.

The large window that runs the length of this modern day cave provides employees with a gorgeous, panoramic view around the clock.

09. Cartoon Network, Atlanta

We wonder how long it took to deck this awesome cubicle out with all those stickers...

Cartoon Network employees get their own customise designed cubicle workspace

The Cartoon Network offices in Atlanta still adopt a cubicle system, which, in many circumstances, may not be the most exciting working environment. But this one is anything but dull. While employees may not be able to see each other, instead each individual's workspace is personally customised.

Although many follow the theme of children's TV, cubicles can be found full of allsorts, including bright, colourful furniture, cartoon characters, mascots, photos, stickers and magnets.

10. TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York

The TBWA New York offices has no allocated seating, meaning employees can sit wherever they choose each day

The big, open space is filled with awesome design features, including sculptures and a red telephone box

Italian artist, designer and architect Gaetano Pesce was the brains behind this very cool New York office space for ad agency TBWA. The outdoor-inspired design features a huge wide-open floor plan, full basketball court, big-screen TV, a classic London telephone box and even has trees growing inside of the building to give it a fresh feeling.

With no allocated desk spaces, the TBWA team are also encouraged to change seats each day to encourage impromptu encounters and collaborations.

11. Three Rings, San Francisco

Three Ring artists designed their own desks by drawing over the top of a template supplied by design studio Because We Can

The studio incorporates a hidden room behind this bookcase

This steampunk-inspired submarine office for game development studio Three Rings was created by Because We Can. The design-build studio developed workspaces for over 20 people, a game room, lounge and a secret room behind a bookshelf.

The overall design was inspired by Jules Verne's novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Victorian parlours and pirate ships. Hidden gems lay all around the office, including games consoles concealed in treasure chests.

12. Mother London

This impressive table accommodates roughly 200 employees, who are required to change seats every six weeks

Beautiful, unique, vintage furniture features in many Mother London meeting rooms

We have to admit, the studio of London-based ad agency Mother London leaves us with a serious amount of office space envy. Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, it'd take us a while to list all the cool features held within these four walls.

But our favourites include meeting rooms filled with quirky, one-off pieces of vintage furniture and, probably most impressive of all, the cool 250ft communal concrete table, which accommodates roughly 200 employees.

13. Fnuky, Adelaide

The working area of this ad agency features a fully stocked bar and luxury gold booths to relax in

Clients can relax and enjoy a drink from the agency's fully stocked bar

And now for something completely different! Ok, so we're not sure that the office of ad agency Fnuky is to everyone's tastes but there's no denying it's certainly unique, not to mention brave! The design was inspired by Australian television series, Satisfaction, a show set in a high-class inner city brothel.

Agency co-founders Jeremy Ervine and David Campbell employed the services of Christine Rogers Interiors for the redesign. The result is an incredibly unpredicatable ad agency office, in which there is a fully stocked bar with controllable mood lighting system and luxury gold booths with chandeliers and quilted upholstery for more intimate meetings. Very sexy.

14. Inventionland, Pittsburgh

Inventionland developed 15 different sets for its employees to work in, including this cool race track

Ship Ahoy! Inventionland staff are busy at work on this awesome pirate ship

Inventionland is the design facility of Pittsburgh-based invention promotion firm Davison Design & Development. But more importantly, it has offices unlike any we've ever seen. The 70,000sqft facility was designed with 15 different sets, created by the company itself and built almost entirely in-house.

Lucky employees get to work in the awesome surroundings of pirate ships, castles, robots and faux caves among other things. And that's not all, the facility also has a state-of-the-art sound, video and animation studio and fully-equipped workshops for creating working prototypes of inventions. Jealous? We are!

15. Ogilvy & Mather, China

This interior design project was the first ever to receive the prestigious China's Most Successful Design Award

The Carnival of Ideas theme runs throughout the building, featuring merry-go-round horses and other amusement park themed attractions

We're loving this carnival-inspired office belonging to international advertising, marketing and public relations agency Ogilvy & Mather in China. Designed by M Moser and Associates, the office was the first interior design project to receive China’s Most Successful Design Award in 2008.

The design, titled 'A Carnival of Ideas', incorporates merry-go-round horses, life-sized nutcrackers and lots of other cool amusement park- themed features.

16. Pixar, Emeryville

Pixar employees don't work in regular office cubicles...

The busy offices are full of inspiring decor, is that the wheels of a scooter we can see there?

An obvious one, we know. But we couldn't do a list of awesome design offices without including animation giant Pixar. It's hard to understand how the staff get any work done here with so many things to play with, but also no wonder they come up with such great ideas in these surroundings.

Similar to the guys at the Cartoon Network offices, Pixar adopts a cubicle system for each employee, which are fully customised to their tastes. But that's not all, every hallway and communal area is littered with life-size movie characters, space hoppers, scooters...the list goes on. The building even has it's own cereal room! Coco Pops anyone?

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Kerrie Hughes is associate editor at Creative Bloq. Her employment at Future Publishing began in January 2010 as staff writer for 3D World magazine. Since then, she's written regularly for other publications, including ImagineFX and Computer Arts magazines.