World's Coolest Offices: Most Creative Materials

Elding Oscarson
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First Runner Up: No Picnic in Stockholm

No Picnic, which is based in Stockholm, and is one of the world's largest design consultants, turned two 19th Century buildings (originally an exercise hall for police troops and a horse stable) into its headquarters. Through a meticulous restoration process, Swedish architects Elding Oscarson converted the space using reflecting glass walls to encase the conference rooms, creating an alluring, if not somewhat perplexing, design. "The flat reflection of the glass appearing flush with the distorting metal surface makes the glass seem like a mirror while the metal appears transparent," the architects write. "The wall is there, yet it disappears." (Continued)