12 stimulating design offices to stir the senses

Take a look at the super-cool design offices that ensure employees are never lacking inspiration.

For some lucky creative agencies the days of dull and drab cubicle spaces are long gone, 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 all help to stir the creative juices.

Here we showcase 12 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?

01. ICRAVE, NYC

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

Award-winning New York City-based design and branding firm ICRAVE combines minimalist aspects into its amazing offices. With areas designed to mimic hotel lobbies and the reception doubling up as a DJ booth, there are some seriously fun aspects to this 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 chalkboards, it's an office we'd love to work in.

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Soothing wood aplenty. Image via Design Milk

02. Google, Zurich

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Google employees relax with a little sport

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 also love the different themed Gondolas dotted around, which serve as meeting rooms. Amazing.

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

03. BICOM Communications

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

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 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 slick furniture as well as its name up in bright lights.

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BICOM gets its name up in lights...

04. Mind Candy

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

This plant-infested palace is the office of game company Mind Candy. This is no ordinary workspace; the company's new headquarters is decked out with astroturf carpeting, vines hanging from the ceiling, a wooden treehouse and gingerbread house that double as meeting rooms, bright artwork around every corner, a colouring-in wall and quiet areas that look like hobbit holes. Last but by no means least, there's a helter skelter-style slide to deliver employees from one floor to another. Genius.

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

05. Google Japan

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

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, 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.

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

06. Adobe

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

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, there's also a mural from tattoo and street artist Mike Giant. 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 inspired by Adobe's products.

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

07. Cartoon Network, Atlanta

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

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 all sorts, from bright, colourful furniture and cartoon characters to mascots, photos, stickers and magnets.

Cartoon Network employees get their own customise designed cubicle workspace

08. TBWA, New York

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

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 floorplan, 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 feel.

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

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

09. Mother London

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

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.

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

10. Inventionland, Pittsburgh

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

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!

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

11. Ogilvy & Mather, China

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

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.

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

12. Pixar, Emeryville

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

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, and each is customised to its employee's 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?

The busy offices are full of inspiring decor. Are those the wheels of a scooter we can see?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kerrie Hughes is associate editor at Creative Bloq. Kerrie was staff writer for 3D World magazine before joining the Creative Bloq team and since then she's written regularly for other publications, including ImagineFX and Computer Arts magazines.