World's Coolest Offices | 2012

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Urban Outfitters

Location: Philadelphia
Square feet: 285,000
Designers: Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle

This award-winning adaptive reuse project was built on the site of an abandoned Pennsylvania Navy Yard. Urban Outfitters's founder, Dick Hayne, bought four hulking decommissioned and dilapidated buildings, near the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, and sunk $100 million into transforming them into a corporate headquarters that would reflect the buildings' industrial roots.