The office building has been around for such a long time and has inspired variations of design philosophies throughout the years. Gensler, a global design firm, has recognized opportunities in researching about workplaces to create a better working environment for their clients while delivering innovation. Gensler’s 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey, points out that employers who provide a spectrum of choices for when and where to work are seen as more innovative and have higher-performing employees. Health and happiness of the employees are also important keys to designing offices that boost productivity at work. So it is no surprise that Gensler follows its own philosophy of focusing on the needs of the people they serve, when it comes to designing office spaces. Without any further ado, let’s look at 7 innovative & fun workplaces designed by Gensler.
:: 1 :: McCann, New York, New York
McCann is a global advertising agency network. Gensler with Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio transformed McCann’s formerly stodgy, cubical land into a stylish, open-plan office that could easily pass as a nightclub.
Photography: Tom Dixon
:: 2 :: Gensler LA, Los Angeles, California
Here, the firm’s values are embodied in a workplace of the future and design lab for clients. The project earned LEED®-CI Platinum certification, exceeding expectations and creating the ideal showcase for Gensler’s design services.
:: 3 :: International Technology Company, Workplace, Sunnyvale, California
This workplace is all about encouraging collaboration and productivity. Some of the design features that stood out were the customized communal areas including a “living room” and “backyard” for socializing and brainstorming.
Photography: Sherman Takata/Gensler
:: 4 :: Facebook Headquarters, Menlo Park, California
Facebook’s new 1+ million-square-foot corporate campus mirrors the company’s philosophy: It’s open, mobile, socially connected, dimensionally aware, culturally relevant and personally sustaining.
Photography: Jasper Sanidad/Gensler
:: 5 :: Nokia R&D Campus, Sunnyvale, California
The design goal of this office was to create a model for open innovation to accommodate diverse work styles and constant change.
Photography: Nic Lehoux/Gensler
:: 6 :: Bayer HealthCare, Whippany, New Jersey
The overarching goals of the new headquarters were to foster community through common culture and encourage wellbeing. The new facility provided Bayer the opportunity to improve productivity by moving from an office intensive environment to a 100% open plan workplace.
Photography: Garrett Rowland/Gensler
:: 7 :: Philips Consumer Lighting Headquarters, Somerset, New Jersey
This headquarter offers an open flexible work environment that would showcase its latest lighting technology. The space as a whole is connected through the theme of “falling blocks of light,” inspired by the game Tetris.