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The 12 Hottest Offices Of 2015

They all deserve a best desked award.

  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3050686/heres-how-the-high-lines-landscape-architects-reinvision-the-office-park" target="_self">James Corner Field Operations' Office Park In Philadelphia</a></strong><br />
While it's not technically an office, the Navy Yard Central Green in Philadelphia <em>is</em> designed to be an outdoor extension of the offices surrounding it. "We really wanted to create this work-play environment, which was part of Liberty Property Trust's whole vision for this part of the Navy Yard," says Kimberly Cooper, the associate at Field Operations who oversaw Central Green's construction. "We knew it was going to be for the 11,000 people who work at the Navy Yard today, but it would also be for the residents living there in the future. It's not just a work area; it's a new neighborhood for Philadelphia that's urban, modern, and flexible."</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3054147/the-most-beautiful-tech-office-of-the-year" target="_self">Lightspeed's Montreal Headquarters by ACDF Architecture</a></strong><br />
The jawdropping office looks like someone smashed a graphic design book into an old train station. The concept mixes punchy graphics, whimsical features, and an historic framework to forge a minimalist office that feels sophisticated, not overwrought.</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3045998/inside-linkedins-playful-new-digs" target="_self">LinkedIn's Playful New York Digs by IA Interior Architects</a></strong><br />
Located in the Empire State Building, the office was designed around social-business club concept—a nod to LinkedIn’s mission as a professional networking site. It features a 1920s speakeasy-style lounge, a room festooned with old-school rotary phones, cafe, and billiards room. "It’s moving away from that slide-firepole-manhole cover-filled office design into a more mature and sophisticated approach," John Capobianco, design director for the project, says.</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3054187/with-foster-and-partners-r-ga-creates-an-office-for-the-connected-age" target="_self">R/GA's Hudson Yards Office by Foster and Partners</a></strong><br />
Designed with Foster and Partners, the sprawling 200,000-square-foot space brings all of R/GA's New York employees under one roof. (They're currently in four separate buildings.) "Everything we look at [in the design], we want to be sure it's helping with collaboration, integration, and networking—things that will really move us forward," founder Bob Greenberg says. "And we're not investing in anything that would be part of the past...we wouldn't invest in finishes over everyone having a sit/stand desk."</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3040539/boeings-latest-office-is-a-building-inside-a-building" target="_self">Boeing's Building Within a Building by Gensler</a></strong><br />
It used to take Boeing engineers and designers 20 minutes to walk from their offices to the factory. Now, thanks to a building-within-a-building design, it takes just three. The goal, says Gensler principal and design director Chad Yoshinobu, was to "connect their employees to the product that they’ll build."</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3048183/this-foldable-office-helps-you-get-into-work-mode-anywhere" target="_self">A Foldable Office That Gets You Into Work Mode Anywhere</a></strong><br />
Royal College of Art graduate Rami Santala's foldable office space that can be laid out anywhere. "I heard such funny stories from people who work at home," Santala says. "One guy told me he puts on a tie every day just so he knows it’s time to start working. Work itself needs regularity, consistency. You need to get into the right mood."</p>
  • <p><strong>Tree House Inspired Hideouts by Dymitr Malcew</strong><br />
Open offices are great for collaboration and chatting with colleagues. They're awful for getting shit done. There's always a need for some peace and quiet away from the workplace thrum. It's a delicate balance to strike, but one Singapore architect Dymitr Malcew addresses in Treehouse 2, his proposal for semiprivate hideouts informed by the shape of tree houses.</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3051295/wanted/take-this-nomadic-office-anywhere" target="_self">Belgian Firm AM's Nomadic Office</a></strong><br />
Picture working at the beach on a Monday, in the forest on a Tuesday, and in the desert on a Wednesday. Sounds like a (pipe) dream come true, right? While today's mobile office normally just consists of a laptop and a Wi-Fi connection, the designers at Belgian firm Five AM want you hitching your whole cubicle to wheels.</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3053548/this-mind-boggling-staircase-feels-like-its-alive" target="_self">3DS Culinary Labs' Mind-Boggling Staircase by Oyler Wu</a></strong><br />
At the 3DS Culinary Lab in Los Angeles, California, chefs are invited to wear their mad scientist hats and whip up newfangled foods—anything goes, as long as it's edible and 3-D printed. To capture this spirit of inventiveness, Oyler Wu Collaborative designed the lab a mind-boggling staircase that looks like MC Escher mated with MakerBot.</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3052258/peep-targets-sleek-loft-like-nyc-office" target="_self">Target's Sophisticated, Loft-Like Office by Lauren Rottet</a></strong><br />
When Target's marketing and public relations team enlisted interior designer Lauren Rottet to overhaul a 15,000-square-foot space in Manhattan, the end game was less about statements and more about subtlety. "Target wanted a space that was beautifully designed, but quietly designed," Rottet says. "Not 'in-your-face bold,' but almost a studio-like or art-loft-like backdrop for their own designs that was sophisticated."</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3047780/private-equity-firms-new-office-channels-a-posh-ski-retreat" target="_self">Atlas Holdings' "Ski Chalet" by HLW International</a></strong><br />
A private equity firm, Atlas Holdings redesigned its Greenwich, Connecticut, office to boost company culture. "[Young people are] so much more mobile and have a much more refreshing view of ‘I’m going to be happy where I’m working,'" CEO Andy Bursky says. "We want to be sensitive to that instinct or they’ll find something else to do." Not your standard stuffed suit of a finance office, the space has the homey charm of an upscale ski retreat: there's an open fireplace, a 18-foot pantry table, and a grill and picnic area outside for cookouts.</p>
  • <p><strong><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3041086/this-architecture-office-is-half-cabin-half-boat" target="_self">As-Built Arquitectura's Cabin-Boat Hybrid</a></strong><br />
Spanish architecture firm as-built Arquitectura needed a way to bring light into their office located in downtown Ferrol, where a long, narrow building in the 18th-century city center provided little natural light to the busy designers. To accomplish that, they embraced the cozy attributes and built a structure that looks like a upside down boat hull. Painted white and illuminated by pedants and sconces, the space is a stunner.</p>
  • 01 /12

    James Corner Field Operations' Office Park In Philadelphia
    While it's not technically an office, the Navy Yard Central Green in Philadelphia is designed to be an outdoor extension of the offices surrounding it. "We really wanted to create this work-play environment, which was part of Liberty Property Trust's whole vision for this part of the Navy Yard," says Kimberly Cooper, the associate at Field Operations who oversaw Central Green's construction. "We knew it was going to be for the 11,000 people who work at the Navy Yard today, but it would also be for the residents living there in the future. It's not just a work area; it's a new neighborhood for Philadelphia that's urban, modern, and flexible."

  • 02 /12

    Lightspeed's Montreal Headquarters by ACDF Architecture
    The jawdropping office looks like someone smashed a graphic design book into an old train station. The concept mixes punchy graphics, whimsical features, and an historic framework to forge a minimalist office that feels sophisticated, not overwrought.

  • 03 /12

    LinkedIn's Playful New York Digs by IA Interior Architects
    Located in the Empire State Building, the office was designed around social-business club concept—a nod to LinkedIn’s mission as a professional networking site. It features a 1920s speakeasy-style lounge, a room festooned with old-school rotary phones, cafe, and billiards room. "It’s moving away from that slide-firepole-manhole cover-filled office design into a more mature and sophisticated approach," John Capobianco, design director for the project, says.

  • 04 /12

    R/GA's Hudson Yards Office by Foster and Partners
    Designed with Foster and Partners, the sprawling 200,000-square-foot space brings all of R/GA's New York employees under one roof. (They're currently in four separate buildings.) "Everything we look at [in the design], we want to be sure it's helping with collaboration, integration, and networking—things that will really move us forward," founder Bob Greenberg says. "And we're not investing in anything that would be part of the past...we wouldn't invest in finishes over everyone having a sit/stand desk."

  • 05 /12

    Boeing's Building Within a Building by Gensler
    It used to take Boeing engineers and designers 20 minutes to walk from their offices to the factory. Now, thanks to a building-within-a-building design, it takes just three. The goal, says Gensler principal and design director Chad Yoshinobu, was to "connect their employees to the product that they’ll build."

  • 06 /12

    A Foldable Office That Gets You Into Work Mode Anywhere
    Royal College of Art graduate Rami Santala's foldable office space that can be laid out anywhere. "I heard such funny stories from people who work at home," Santala says. "One guy told me he puts on a tie every day just so he knows it’s time to start working. Work itself needs regularity, consistency. You need to get into the right mood."

  • 07 /12

    Tree House Inspired Hideouts by Dymitr Malcew
    Open offices are great for collaboration and chatting with colleagues. They're awful for getting shit done. There's always a need for some peace and quiet away from the workplace thrum. It's a delicate balance to strike, but one Singapore architect Dymitr Malcew addresses in Treehouse 2, his proposal for semiprivate hideouts informed by the shape of tree houses.

  • 08 /12

    Belgian Firm AM's Nomadic Office
    Picture working at the beach on a Monday, in the forest on a Tuesday, and in the desert on a Wednesday. Sounds like a (pipe) dream come true, right? While today's mobile office normally just consists of a laptop and a Wi-Fi connection, the designers at Belgian firm Five AM want you hitching your whole cubicle to wheels.

  • 09 /12

    3DS Culinary Labs' Mind-Boggling Staircase by Oyler Wu
    At the 3DS Culinary Lab in Los Angeles, California, chefs are invited to wear their mad scientist hats and whip up newfangled foods—anything goes, as long as it's edible and 3-D printed. To capture this spirit of inventiveness, Oyler Wu Collaborative designed the lab a mind-boggling staircase that looks like MC Escher mated with MakerBot.

  • 10 /12

    Target's Sophisticated, Loft-Like Office by Lauren Rottet
    When Target's marketing and public relations team enlisted interior designer Lauren Rottet to overhaul a 15,000-square-foot space in Manhattan, the end game was less about statements and more about subtlety. "Target wanted a space that was beautifully designed, but quietly designed," Rottet says. "Not 'in-your-face bold,' but almost a studio-like or art-loft-like backdrop for their own designs that was sophisticated."

  • 11 /12

    Atlas Holdings' "Ski Chalet" by HLW International
    A private equity firm, Atlas Holdings redesigned its Greenwich, Connecticut, office to boost company culture. "[Young people are] so much more mobile and have a much more refreshing view of ‘I’m going to be happy where I’m working,'" CEO Andy Bursky says. "We want to be sensitive to that instinct or they’ll find something else to do." Not your standard stuffed suit of a finance office, the space has the homey charm of an upscale ski retreat: there's an open fireplace, a 18-foot pantry table, and a grill and picnic area outside for cookouts.

  • 12 /12

    As-Built Arquitectura's Cabin-Boat Hybrid
    Spanish architecture firm as-built Arquitectura needed a way to bring light into their office located in downtown Ferrol, where a long, narrow building in the 18th-century city center provided little natural light to the busy designers. To accomplish that, they embraced the cozy attributes and built a structure that looks like a upside down boat hull. Painted white and illuminated by pedants and sconces, the space is a stunner.

While there's certainly no shortage of inventive office designs from 2015, the year's crop took a more restrained approach, eschewing pure whimsy for more sophisticated designs that won't feel dated in a couple of years. A backlash from bombastic design? There's still plenty to ogle, from ski chalets to speakeasy-style spaces.

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Slideshow Credits: 04 / R/GA / Foster and Partners; 05 / Courtesy of Lara Swimmer Photography; 06 / Devide, courtesy of Rami Santala; 07 / via Dymitr Malcew; 08 / via FIVE AM; 09 / Scott Mayoral; 10 / Eric Laignel; 11 / via Atlas Holdings; 12 / © MONCHO REY;

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