Summer vacation is over, and it’s time to head back to the office; which for a lucky few means it’s time for the grown-ups to do all the fun stuff the kids got to do all summer.
If part of your job description is to get in touch with your inner child, you might work in the development department at LEGO. Designed by Rosan Bosch and Rune Fjord, the space is more of a playground than an office, including a slide from the top to the bottom floor and a plethora of toys to play with.
For those more likely to have gone to space camp as children, the Google engineering headquarters in London has a techy space-craft feel in greys and bright blues and oranges. The cool lighting and integrated furniture give the impression of wondering the halls of the Death Star.
Building a fort:
To counteract rainy-day boredom, there is always the option to build a fort. Although blankets and the backs of chairs are traditionally used as building materials, a large scale office version requires a cardboard structure, like this tessellated cave by Liam Hopkins of Lazarian. Recycled cardboard is pulped and reconstituted into hollow triangular blocks which fit together to create the shelter’s organic shape.
The faceted red object in the middle of an office in Shanghai has the mystique and draw of a secret club house. Its size indicates that only a small number of people are able to fit inside, and its unusual shape heightens one’s natural curiosity. A fortress within an office, it is a perfect place to hold secret meetings and spy on others through the small windows.
Other offices to check out:
Fun house gallery of mirrors
Coloring in the lines
by Claire Toussaint