Nine Super Cool Corporate Offices From Around the World

"Oh, I work for "Insert Big Corporation Name Here" usually conjures up mental pictures of gray cubicle walls, florescent lighting and bosses wearing full suits and power-ties. Fortunately, that's not always the case. We found some big-name companies whose offices embody a much smaller, start-up attitude where individuals can flourish.

1. Yahoo!

This Yahoo! office, located in Barcelona, Spain, takes a creative approach with oversized paintbrush strokes and splatter artwork. The unique furniture is a nice touch.

2. RochusPark

Located in Vienna, RochusPark is a unique office environment that is available for use by any organization. Freelancers are also encouraged to bring their work to this creative space.

3. Threadless

Threadless, the popular online T-shirt store, focuses on user-submitted designs with a creative slant. It only makes sense, then, that the Threadless offices emphasize a similar creative angle.

4. Red Bull

With an emphasis on being active and the outdoors, it's fitting that Red Bull hired SSDG Interiors to spruce up their Vancouver office's lounge. The wood coffee tables and color scheme suit the company's image well.

5. Twitter

Twitter's spartan online interface is echoed in their office, located in sunny San Francisco.

6. Chiat\Day

Known in particular for their work with Apple's "1984" and "Get a Mac" campaigns, Chiat\Day is the American branch of the TWBA advertising agency. Their offices, located (in part) in Los Angeles, combine quirky and creative for an unusual workspace.

7. Google

Although Google's headquarters are in California, their satellite offices still reflect the informal-yet-serious culture that the Internet giant is known for. This office, located in Chicago, features the signature Google color scheme seemingly everywhere, from the floor to the frames on the walls.

8. Xbox/Microsoft

Microsoft opened a new office building for their Xbox division in early 2009. The open atrium allows for informal meetings, with a small café nearby for refreshments.

9. Tribune Tower

As a classic Chicago landmark, the Tribune Tower is home to the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Company. Completed in 1925, the Tower features, in part, a traditional cubicle layout with a modern flair.

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I don't care for any of these corporate offices. They're all sterile white mixed with an industrial look. Google's looks like a Romper Room set. Ugly grafittiesque walls at Yahoo and Threadless. None look like a comfortable workspace. Nothing super cool about these offices. All look basically the same and are boring.

July 22 2011 at 1:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

fire employees, cut back on benefits and create useless fancy offices. preferred materials ?

July 22 2011 at 12:30 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I could have cared less about some of these corporate headquarters. One truly cool company headquarters is Epic Software in Wisconsin. It is, by far, one of the coolest corporate headquarters ever.

July 21 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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