I took this picture at one of our clients in Denmark. Their offices are in a building that used to be a paint factory and they have fully embraced that history and esthetic in their workplace design and layout.
Walking around their building I felt inspired and energized. Then I see a traditional beige-and-grey cubicle landscape and I despair for all humanity :)
I don’t want to overstate the role of office design – it is definitely not what makes or breaks a workplace. But I can’t help wonder why companies are so afraid to display some identity, variation, playfulness and (not least) bright colors in their buildings.
It’s not that hard – here are some great examples:
- 10 seriously cool workplaces.
- 12 ways to pimp your office.
- dPOP’s office is underground and AMAZING.
- Meet me in the UFO.
And please don’t confuse well-designed with fancy and expensive. Some companies spend tons of money on really exclusive furniture and still end up with an office that is boring and lifeless.