World's Coolest Offices | 2012

Eric Laignel (left); Kristopher St. Clair (right)
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Google

Location: New York City
Square feet: 80,000
Designer: HLW

Google was intent on giving its East Coast office a distinct vibe: a life-size mural of taxis waiting in an intersection offers a sense of patented, New York City pride. The office, which houses many of the company's engineers, also features built-in QR code signs on the wall, fake TV antennas, and a soundproofed, windowless room filled with drums and electric guitars. Recently, one design blog called Google's new New York City office space as "100% nerd heaven."