Offices That Feel More Like a Home Than a Workspace

Published on Jan 22, 2018

Spotlighting cosy offices that blur the boundaries between work and home, from rooms modelled on Airbnb apartments to a workplace featuring a black-painted napping room.

Aiming to create an intimate workspace where ideas could be shared easily between staff, Danish studio Norm Architects designed an open-plan layout with Scandinavian interior finishes for Kinfolk magazine’s headquarters.

 

Objective Subject office, USA, by GRT Architects

A dark nap room can be found at the top of this 19th-century renovated building in New York City. GRT Architects designed the space for a digital agency who wanted “an intimate workspace designed more like a home than an office”.

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Airbnb San Francisco headquarters, USA, by Airbnb

Eight real apartments listed on the rental site Airbnb were used as models for the office of the compant’s San Francisco headquarters. The designers wanted employees to feel like they were occupying homes located around the world, including Reykjavík, Bali, Amsterdam and Paris.

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Kinfolk offices, Denmark, by Norm Architects

Aiming to create an intimate workspace where ideas could be shared easily between staff, Danish studio Norm Architects designed an open-plan layout with Scandinavian interior finishes for Kinfolk magazine’s headquarters.

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IKEA creative hub, Sweden, by Nanna Lagerman

This former bank has been transformed into a creative hub for IKEA by Swedish interior designer Nanna Lagerman. The interior is divided into 15 spaces with distinct styles, from an all-blue library to a moody editing room with grey walls.

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Eventbrite offices, US, by Rapt Studio

Located in downtown San Fransisco, this office for e-ticketing company Eventbrite invites employees to recline on a hammock or relax in a “zen-like” room.

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Muxin office, China, by Muxin

Attempting to slow the pace of modern life for its employees, Shanghai-based design studio Muxin drew on the warmness associated with home interiors for its offices. A sofa, coffee table and bar were added to give guests the feeling of being at home.

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Masquespacio studio, Spain, by Masquespacio

Masquespacio eschewed the sterile office stereotype for its studio interior – opting instead for bright, contrasting colours and a Memphis-style aesthetic. Plants, sofas and communal desks and cupboards add comfort and softness.

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Memocorp office, Australia, by The Stella Collective

Despite being on the top floor of an office tower in Sydney’s financial district, this interior for a property investment firm feels more like a luxury penthouse apartment. It has a neutral colour palette with pale oak floors and comfy sofas.

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Fjord office, Finland, by Joanna Laajisto

Soft furnishings and neutral linen curtains combine to give this office a homely feel. Comfort was one of the main drivers of the design – Finnish designer Laajisto wanted the employees of tech firm Fjord to feel at home in their working environment.

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Ansarada office, USA, by Those Architects

Occupying the fifth floor of a former warehouse building in Chicago, this renovated workplace designed by Australian practise Those Architects has a variety of informal areas and unusual features, such a full-scale batting cage and a cluster of floor cushions.

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Source: https://www.dezeen.com