Companies with the Coolest Office Layouts

There will always be offices. Nowhere else can creative and productive minds really cook with gas, sparking off each other to catapult forward to the next great idea. With the move to remote, many office plans have changed to center around new ideas, often with the idea of heightening the value of that in-person teamwork – here are three companies that put their employees in veritable jewel boxes for the time that they will be collaborating in person.

Can you tell us about your office layout and why it’s so cool?

The most exciting aspect of our office layout is that it’s not an “office layout” at all. We’ve transformed a third of our traditional workspaces in Southeast Michigan into collaboration centers. Since we’ve moved to a hybrid work model after working remotely for the last two years, our expectations are that employees will come on-site for purpose-driven collaborative work as well as team building and work remotely when they need to focus on heads-down work. Because of that, we’ve been thoughtful about what that collaborative space would look like.

So far, we have 3.35 million square feet of reimagined and remodeled space with 75 percent allocated to conference/forum space, social space, library zones and thinking space; and 25 percent dedicated to individual workspaces with more traditional desks and focus spots with soft seating. All of the spaces support a “phigital” approach – a combination of digital and physical options for effective collaboration no matter where your team members might be, and it can all be booked ahead of time or online or through a mobile app. We kept and upgraded features like mothers’ rooms, prayer rooms, product displays and cafés, and added other features like lockers for personal belongings, inclusive art programs celebrating local, national, and international artists, mobility centers, and healthier, more exciting food and beverage options. On-site building concierges are available to help with details like loaner phone chargers and other aids that make off-site to on-site transitions seamless. Also, tech AV specialists are available at the centers to help with the new technologies integrated into the spaces for the best employee experience.

What inspired your current office layout?

We took the last two years to research and reflect on what work will look like going forward. Ford’s mission is to build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams, and we kept that in mind when developing our Evolution of Work plan. Our workspaces needed to reflect that, so we asked our employees, our company leaders, and outside experts in fields like neuroscience and anthropology to help us develop the framework. Ultimately, our “think tank” findings led to the hybrid work model for non-site dependent office employees.

It’s all about flexibility and thinking carefully about what kind of work needs to be done and where, with the employee experience at the center of everything. Beyond the practical aspects, we also strive to provide “surprise and delight” moments and details when employees need to come on-site. We are excited for the future of work and the freedom it will bring our teams as the company transforms and they build the future of mobility.

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Can you tell us about your office layout and why it’s so cool?

We just moved to a brand new office space on the 23rd floor with panoramic views of Boston and the waterfront! We tailored our office layout to best meet the needs of our team by offering both traditional, yet upgraded, workstations with automatic desks for sit to stand, as well as a variety of soft seating and high top seating options for those who have gotten used to working within the comfort of their homes. The office is equipped with bright-colored furniture and a ton of natural light which creates a warm and welcoming environment. We also have private, bookable offices with TVs that allow for hybrid meetings using high-end cameras. Further, the office is stocked with snacks and drinks as well as cold brew & craft beer kegs!

What inspired your current office layout? 

The hybrid reality of our current and future workplace inspired our office layout – it was all about functionality, variety, comfort, and charm. We created a space for those who have gotten used to working from home to feel compelled to visit, knowing that they have a variety of desk options to best meet their needs. We employ the hoteling concept for desks to encourage cross-divisional engagement and training opportunities now that we can again work amongst our peers and learn from one another. We have received exceptional feedback about the new layout and are seeing more and more people coming to the office to work as a result!

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Can you tell us about your office layout and why it’s so cool?

The Sitel Group MAXhub concept reimagines traditional contact centers as spaces where our agents can engage with each other, develop their skills and foster stronger links with the local community while absorbing our business culture.

MAXhubs are hybrid co-working venues dedicated to in-person collaboration, training and development, and employee engagement. Our Athens MAXhub is a true showcase of the Sitel Group “Work from Anywhere” workplace strategy. It was developed with a user-centric design approach, with our associates at the forefront of every decision. The layout follows the MAXhub activity-based zoning methodology, with each zone representing a distinct element of the associates’ journey, aiming to provide a great associate experience.


What inspired your current office layout?

The Athens MAXhub layout and design was inspired by the local culture and the Greek Islands. The Mediterranean flavor was expressed through the color scheme, furniture, and material choices.

The local culture also inspired the 7 meters-long artwork created by the local artist Fikos as part of our Conversation at HeART initiative. Another noteworthy feature is the life-size car model is displayed in the reception area, as the Athens MAXhub is within the Hellenic Motor Museum building.

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Can you tell us about your office layout and why it’s so cool? 

Our new San Francisco headquarters is located in Mission Bay and home to over 3,500 employees. The campus overlooks the Bay and is complete with a multi-floor solarium, perfect to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and catch up on emails, 2 full commercial kitchens with on-site award-winning chefs, and rooftop amenities and seating. Our office also includes an edible garden used for employee lunches and on-site wellness suites.

What inspired your current office layout? 

The overall design is focused on movement both vertically, via stairs in an open atrium, and horizontally from building to building. Mission Bay buildings 1 & 2 feature an operable facade that allows natural light and air into the building’s atrium. Specific attention was paid to sustainability following both WELL and LEED standards and going above the minimum ADA code requirements. Our goal was to create the safest, most inclusive, and most accessible spaces possible so that employees can do their best work.

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Can you tell us about your office layout and why it’s so cool?

When you enter BAL, a neon sign states our brand promise: Pursue the Exceptional. Once inside the office, you will find each floor is decorated with a location theme. Since we are a Texas company, you will find the first-floor theme to be Texas with brands and images that speak to companies that are Texas-based, like Whataburger, Bluebell Ice Cream, and Dr. Pepper. We even have a wall that says, “Howdy”, which is representative of our Texas State Fair. Each conference room in the building is named for food from that region. The first-floor conference rooms are named Brisket and Fajita. The second floor allows you to walk from Eastern Europe to Western Europe, to the Middle East, and finally to Africa. In that walk, you will encounter our Cairo Café, Turkish lamps, photos from the late 17th century across ‘pop’ images of several Western Europe landmarks. You will also pass an artistic map of Prague, a series of African masks, and Etana necklaces (meaning strength) in Swahili that were handmade by a group of women in Kampala, Uganda. Murals play an important part on each floor and in this area, you will find an amazing mural from sunrise on the savannah in the Serengeti and just past it, a mural of the Blue Nile Falls in Ethiopia. The conference rooms in these areas are named Biltong (an African food), Shawarma (a Middle Eastern food), and Polenta (a European food). The third floor is all about APAC (Asia and the Pacific) and the Americas. Asia is the first stop where you will find Jakarta’s café. We have incorporated Oriental themes in the café area with traditional screens and umbrellas floating up into the sky. North America is next where you will find a wall with quotes from inside your passport! There’s a very large mural that wraps around two walls that says, “Land of the Free”. If you look closely, the entire Declaration of Independence is written in small text. Next is South America where you will find a beach scene with actual sand, beach chairs, and beach balls. Surfs up as you move to Australia. Just through the quiet room, you will feel as if you are in an aquarium. Fish hang from the ceiling and the walls have greenery along that area. Conference rooms in these areas are S’more and Asada.

What inspired your current office layout?

Our space was created for our employees and guests to connect them with who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Our mission is to elevate the immigration experience and help our clients pursue the exceptional. As a guest, you will feel how important our global connection is. We don’t seem like a regular law firm and that’s by design.

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Can you tell us about your office layout and why it’s so cool?

nCino is a global company with offices around the world. Our goal with the layout of all nCino offices is to invoke a warm feeling that creates a sense of community while promoting collaboration and innovation. In our headquarters, located in Wilmington, NC, we accomplish this by balancing the broad expansions of glass with rich, warm textures and natural design elements, such as our main water wall feature and botanical accent walls on display, and many communal areas such as kitchens, balconies, and common areas with comfortable couches. The first floor of our main building is home to a Bitty and Beau’s Café and a Fun Zone, which includes, foosball, ping pong tables and a jam area for musically-inclined employees. We’re also currently renovating an outdoor space that will feature hammocks, a putting green, and a large patio with plenty of seating.

What inspired your current office layout?

We try to invest in our employees wherever possible, and the interiors of our buildings reflect that goal. Our headquarters, which is located just a few miles from the beach, features coastal-themed artwork and rich wood accents that help create an inviting, comfortable space for our employees, who are the lifeblood of our organization. With that in mind, we focused on creating a relaxing indoor environment that feels less like an office and more like a home away from home.

Can you tell us about your office layout and why it’s so cool?

At the Wish headquarters in San Francisco, the overall feel of the office is very modern​ spanning from the color​ schemes​, modular and abstract furniture, and openness of each​ floor. We have ​many​ large all-hands space​s​ to accommodate company meetings and social events. Everyone’s workstations are built with innovation and collaboration in mind. Each individual desk is located side by side, to allow open face-to-face conversations and brainstorming. We have ample meeting spaces; larger board-style rooms, everyday conference rooms that welcome smaller groups, and lastly small intimate phone rooms that are perfect for 1:1s. Our kitchens are spacious with large countertops, a long island. comfy booths, and tables set for 4’s or 2’s.We have ​many specialty​ rooms equipped with lockers, a full-sized refrigerator, a sink, and comfy chairs. Along with a prayer/meditation room,​ Bu the best part?​The views! Everywhere you go, large windows welcome views of the city, Alcatraz, the ocean and the boats resting on the water, and the Bay Bridge.

What inspired your current office layout?

We didn’t want employees to feel constrained and confined to traditional cubicles and narrow walkways. Our leadership team wanted to promote open collaboration, interactions, and the ability to be spontaneous. Our space is set up to be a breath of fresh air with a welcoming and inviting feel. We wanted a space that our employees could be proud of and excited to be in and work from.

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