World's Coolest Offices: Best Use of Nature

HOK London
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HOK London Brings a Picnic Green Inside and Earns a Golden Stamp of Approval

Despite abundant greenery, perhaps the greenest part of HOK London was its actual construction. The company's plentiful resources allowed it to become the first LEED Gold building in the United Kingdom. Designers selected low formaldehyde and low volatile-organic compounds when selecting the finishes, furniture, and carpet. Large windows attempt to make the most of the natural light—at least when London's sky isn't a milky gray. —Abram Brown

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