Unleashing Teamwork Through Sports
One of the core tenets of adidas, the sports equipment retailer based in Germany, is the idea of "team." So with that notion in mind, KINZO architects designed a unique modular furniture system and interior offices that are literally built to help collaboration.
"All parts are functional and esthetically designed to work together: furniture that works as a team," KINZO designer Chris Middleton says. "Knowing that adidas' designers, product developers, distribution and marketing strategists work together in teams, we have created a system which can accommodate all the necessary products and working materials, from filing systems to sweatpants or soccer balls."
It's easy to be cynical that the only way to have a truly "cool office" is to have the backing of a giant corporate expense account. And while that's certainly at least partially true—the best architecture firms come at a high premium—there are little things your company can do to make your space reflect your brand.
For instance, adidas office designers used goal-like mesh netting to separate spaces, a clever allusion to the company's soccer brand. They also installed perforated walls, which give the space a sporty, utilitarian vibe. So the real key to a cool office? Creativity—not cash.