We’ve returned from the Christmas break to a beautifully refurbished office, designed by our very own Beachspoke designer & company owner, Ben Shearer. Maintaining the Beachspoke design ethos for creating interesting spaces that evoke a sense of escapism and calm, the light and spacious work space is a much appreciated and welcomed start to the new year. We decided to share a few images of the new space as well as include some of our favourite unique office designs from around the world.
The new meeting room and balcony area
Open plan office with sawn wooden timber cladding
Light blinds, large windows and foliage help make the office feel light, spacious and relaxing
Soft furnishings and unique features such as this bottle opener for Friday Drinks in the kitchenette area
Days are off to a great start with Beachspoke breakfasts in the kitchen
Here are our top picks of some other design-led offices around the world:
Kwerk, Paris, France
The 23,680 sq ft building is located in Paris’ busiest business district, the eighth arrondissement. It is the second Kwerk in the capital and is the brand’s flagship space. Congo-born architect Albert Angel and Franco-British entrepreneur Lawrence Knights have created Kwerk – a 24/7 co-working space in the centre of Paris. ‘How we work has evolved beyond recognition,’ says Angel. ‘Isolation is the enemy of creativity…. We wanted to favour interactivity by creating a space with a collective consciousness.’Angel and Knights travel constantly between homes in Bali, New York and Jakarta. Kwerk’s interior reflects these multicultural influences with an ambience that is part boutique hotel, part art gallery and includes a yoga studio.
Eight velvet-curtained confession booths tiled with coloured cork bricks provide confidentiality; while security is provided by the ‘Green Army’, knee-high stone statuettes imported from Papua New Guinea with fluorescent green camouflage by Angel
Spring Place, New York
It’s hard to imagine life without Spring Place New York. Since opening its doors last September, the mammoth photographic studios, which occupy a former Verizon building in Tribeca, have since become a regular home to fashion shows, the Independent art fair, the Tribeca Film Festival and countless other photo shoots and events for brands across the gamut.
In June, the multidisciplinary space quietly unveiled the next phase of its overarching concept: a collaborative workspace and social membership club that promises to turn the entire venue into an innovative cultural hub.
Fosbury & Sons, WATT-Tower, Antwerp
Fosbury & Sons has taken up residence on the first floor of the WATT-tower in Antwerp, a building by modernist architect Léon Stynen. The 3000 sq m space is supported by concrete columns and provides a means for a great variety of professionals to come together. Company founders Stijn Geeraets and Maarten Van Gool wanted to tailor the space to the needs of our generation, enabling a new and effective way of working.
The generous space overlooks King Albert park and also includes seated areas, large tables, a library of books handpicked to broaden and inspire, showers and a laundry service. Coffeelabs opened its second branch here and serves an assortment of healthy food along with a daily dose of caffeine. Noise-suppressing headphones by Sennheiser are available for those who appreciate total silence while at work.
Oficinas Guatwque, Mexico City
An industrial building in the increasingly commercial Anahuac district of Mexico City has been converted by Estudio Atemporal into a co-working space. The architects stripped back the interior of the building – which stretches a whole block and was previously a light factory – segmenting the space into a versatile environment flexible for different styles of working. Aluminium and glass partitions, as well as natural dividers such as plants and furniture, allow the space to feel either open-plan or private. One half of the office is a high-ceilinged workshop with a sawtooth roof; the other side sees three levels of more traditional style working facilities.
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