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WORLD'S COOLEST OFFICES

World's Coolest Offices of the Future
 

You've never seen company headquarters like these. That's because they don't exist (yet). Here's a glimpse at the most amazing offices that will go up next year--and after.

In 2012, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg began meeting with internationally-renowned architect Frank Gerhy. Welcome to the future, in which a 28-year-old start-up founder can call on a starchitect.

Indeed, two years later, Gerhy has designed a sprawling new Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California, across the street from its previous 1 Hacker Way. The new building will be the largest open-floor-plan office in the world, and is rumored to be connected to the old office by an underground tunnel. 

Facebook's forthcoming headquarters campus is one of the five coolest offices of the future Inc. has chosen to feature this year. And it embodies some of the characteristics common to all of the remarkable offices we've chosen, including open spaces to encourage collaboration, extreme environmental friendliness, and truly innovative design. Without further ado, here's a glimpse into the future.

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Apple Campus 2
Apple Campus 2
Apple’s forthcoming spaceship-shaped building might look extraterrestrial, but the goal for the company's massive new campus is to be as integrated with nature as possible. The disc-like structure is nestled into a prairie landscape. Through the fields, a winding road leads to an underground parking lot--placed there to help make the site look naturally beautiful, with no concrete in view.
Cuptertino, California
Project by: Anton Menlo
Designer: Foster + Partners
Year to be completed: 2016
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It's Green Inside, Too
It's Green Inside, Too
While 80 percent of this redeveloped site will be greenery, sustainability is incorporated into the 20 percent that's the headquarters, as well. Its roof is covered in black solar panels, and the 2.8 million square-foot building will not need heating or cooling for 75 percent of the year, due to the use of natural ventilation. How's that for green?
Apple Campus 2
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Coming Together, Finally
Coming Together, Finally
This main building, illustrated in an architectural blueprint, will accommodate up to 13,000 Apple employees, and includes a 100,000 square foot fitness center, and 3,000-seat cafe. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said the concepts behind the design are collaboration and fluidity. Completing the Campus 2 will be a giant feat in bringing together employees, who are currently spread around 57 buildings in the Cupertino area.
Apple Campus 2
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Facebook
Facebook
Welcome to the future of Facebook, envisioned by architect Frank Gehry (pictured here)--with a lot of input from Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook founder requested the new campus centerpiece be one big, sprawling, open-plan building. Gehry infused warmth into that idea, creating a structure with angled walls and interior curved lines of desks and work-stations, as well as clusters of meeting rooms. But the floor-plan isn't interrupted: Employees will be able to walk straight from one end of the building to the other without passing through a single door.
Menlo Park, California
Project by: Frank Gehry
Year to be completed: 2015
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A Live/Work Mecca
A Live/Work Mecca
This one-million-square-foot campus will be a place where Facebook engineers can eat, sleep, and work. In addition to the main building, which is the largest open-floor plan in the world, engineers can use the rooftop park, which is scattered with trails and courts for sports. There's a veritable mini-forest on this extreme-green roof, and also a full vegetable garden.
Facebook
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New-Wave Talent Attraction
New-Wave Talent Attraction
The building is designed to accommodate about 3,400 engineers and will take on the company's existing address of 1 Hacker Way. There are plenty of perks to attract new--and entertain old--in-demand technical talent: The company is providing transportation for all employees, and providing some on-campus housing as well, shown in the artist's rendering here. For playtime, the quad is the place to be, sporting bocce ball, a pool, cabanas, and BBQ pits. There's even an area designated for playing with dogs.
Facebook
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New Lab
New Lab
The historic industrial park known as the Brooklyn Navy Yard is experiencing a manufacturing renaissance, and an anchor of that growth is the Green Manufacturing Center--of which New Lab, a manufacturer of 3-D printers, is building out about 160,000 square feet.
Brooklyn, New York
Project by: Macro Sea
Year to be completed: 2014
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New Vision; Old Bones
New Vision; Old Bones
New Lab is on board with the Navy Yard's goal of becoming a national model for sustainable industrial parks. But it's doing so by keeping the bones of the original ship-building facility it's housed in. Just check out the ceiling of this architectural illustration of the forthcoming auditorium. And it's transforming the massive empty facility into a modern-day manufacturing facility, along with additional offices for small businesses and freelance collaborators.
New Lab
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Creatives, Rejoice
Creatives, Rejoice
Entrepreneurs, educators, craftspeople, and freelancers across many disciplines ranging from robotics to carpentry to biotech, will work side-by-side. Artists and designers are already in place in studios in portions of the New Lab, while the rest of the space is being built out for likely mid-2014 opening.
New Lab
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Green Office
Green Office
Is this the future? What's dubbed "The Green Office," is a hypothetical plan for a sprawling, massive, multi-use building (it would actually house several companies; not just one) integrated with transportation and its surrounding outdoor environment. And it sure is green: The structure is an "energy-generating biotope," harnessing kinetic energy of people moving inside, recycling everything from paper to sewage water for reuse, and using small wind turbines, solar cells and algae to harness natural energy.
The Netherlands
Project by: RAU Architects
Year to be completed: 2015
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Flexible Plan
Flexible Plan
The plan is a loose one: It's meant as an adaptable solution for efficiently greening dense urban spaces. And three variations of it are planned in different locations, according to RAU Architects. The building not only has a verdant roof and lush central courtyard, but also is designed to generate more sustainable energy than it consumes--and still be a comfortable, spacious, place to be: Flexible offices will be placed throughout the buildings, intermixed with restaurants, cafes, day care, and workout facilities.
Green Office
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Nvidia HQ
Nvidia HQ
Over the past 20 years, computer-graphics and processing company Nvidia has grown from three people to 8,000 employees across 40 locations. Now, it's determined to bring everyone together in a collaborative environment. Gensler’s Lisa Bottom, a consultant on the project, says the new office plans take that to heart: The entire office is sprawling, but it's height is being limited to just one or two floors. That's because separating people by floor is known to dramatically reduce their chances of having spontaneous interactions.
Santa Clara, California
Project by: Gensler
Year to be completed: 2015
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Super-Sized Building-Blocks
Super-Sized Building-Blocks
The company, which specializes in computer graphics, created the above rendering of its future home, using its own technology. Open floor plans are aimed at encouraging collaboration, and even the shape of the exterior of the two buildings is meant to inspire employees: The triangle is the fundamental building block of many computer graphics.
Nvidia HQ



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