Methodologie’s offices were designed with an airy, outdoor quality in mind. All employees at this Seattle marketing agency have a view of the garden at the center of the office, which was designed by SkB Architects. A trend among new buildings, the ceiling was built to expose its structural elements, which creates height and volume, as well as the sense of being outdoors.
All it takes to turn an old Route-66 gas station into a bastion of modern design is a little bit of creativity and a lot of elbow grease. The Tulsa, Oklahoma architecture firm ElevenTH took an old, worn out 1950’s PEMCO gas station, gutted the neglected interior, and transformed the space into a charming, 240-square-foot office with a vintage feel.
Perhaps the ALFA Dental Office in central Japan finally took the hint: No one likes going to the dentist. The office seeks to minimize the trauma of the bi-yearly trip to the tooth doctor. Built in 2008 by architects FLOW Takashi Satoh, the minimalist space uses a simple, outdoor courtyard to soothe patients' anxieties.
Earlier this year, Shelli Johnson set up her consulting firm, Have Media Will Travel, in a cabin on a river in Lander, Wyoming. She spent thousands of dollars on renovation only to lose it all in a flood. On a whim, Johnson paid $2,000 for a 1973 RV with 53,000 miles on it , put down pine floors, hung whiteboard walls, and installed Wi-Fi. She hikes during the day and sometimes looks up from her work to watch deer or pheasants wander by. “I love the fact that there's nothing extravagant about it, but it’s surrounded by beauty,” she says.