World's Coolest Offices | 2012

© Paul Ott
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Microsoft

Location: Vienna
Square feet: 14,764
Designer: Innocad Architektur

Microsoft's latest office, completed in late 2011 for $3.6 million, contains elaborately themed conference rooms, including one decorated like an ocean and another like a hunting lodge. But perhaps this Vienna office's greatest feature is its expansive reception area, shown here. There's a massive green wall, a floor-to-ceiling x-ray of a computer, and a two-story slide that deposits riders into a bevy of geometric cushions.