So what makes a good office location? It may be an amazing office building or an unusual location, an address to impress or perhaps windows with breathtaking views. Having an office in a great location usually means that your business has made it and it can be an important factor to impress potential clients or attract the best work force. Our list of the 10 best (and some unusual) office locations takes us all around the world and beyond.
Viva Las Vegas
If you like being entertained in your spare time then the entertainment capital of the world with year-round sunshine should do it for you. Another reason why Las Vegas made it on our list is that the State of Nevada has no personal or corporate income tax – and that must be a perk! The only problem we can see is deciding where to go for lunch – Paris or Egypt?
The impressive office and shopping development Canary Wharf in London is home to the UK’s three largest buildings – 1 Canada Square, 8 Canada Square and the Citigroup Tower.
Historically the area was one of the busiest docks in the world but has now been turned into a major financial centre with Barclays, Credit Suisse, HSBC and Citigroup amongst its tenants. The 100,000 workforce can enjoy gyms, hairdressers and hotels on the doorstep and numerous food and retail outlets which are great for after work drinks and shopping.
The White Mountain office is situated 30 metres (100 feet) below the surface of Stockholm City, the Swedish capital. It was originally built as an anti-atomic shelter during the cold war to provide an escape from potential atomic blasts. However, in 2008 the shelter was turned into a 4000 square foot office and data centre for the Swedish ISP company, Bahnhof AB. The Architects who turned this space into an office and server location were influenced by the James Bond set designer Ken Adams. If you don’t think you could work down here it may still be worth to go on one of their guided tours.
Aloha – Working in Hawaii
The newest of US states, and made up entirely of islands, the state of Hawaii is located in the mid-Pacific and makes a great office location for several reasons. Hawaii offers companies a presence in the Asia-Pacific markets at lower cost than the Asian capitals and with the U.S. freedoms and stability.
With mild weather, beautiful scenery and friendly people Hawaii probably makes a rather nice place to work too. Here you can join a workforce known for their loyalty and strong work ethic. Hawaii has been rated one of the best states to live taking environmental factors, low crime incidence, quality of education, and longevity into account.
Into the woods
Italian Architect firm Selgas Cano has created a truly impressive office for their Madrid workers. The simple tube design is sunken into the ground to improve insulation. With a long window on one side the recessed floors also creates a feeling of being totally immersed in the woods. We think this is an innovative and inspiring location sure to stimulate the creative minds inside it.
Flying to the moon
Still a fictional office location that only exists in a FedEx commercial but we had to include the moon in our 10 best office locations. This TV commercial, created for the 2007 Super Bowl, gives us an insight to the challenges that will face us when the first moon offices become a reality – challenges like drinking coffee and filing papers. View it on YouTube.
The social gaming company Playfish has an office in Tromso, Norway – 2000 km from the North Pole. Here you can enjoy the Northern Lights, two months of Midnight Sun, the Lyngen Alps, blue fjords and hundreds of islands. If this sounds like the place to be, then why not try your luck and send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Underwater Post Office
This must be the best office location for post office workers, especially if you are a keen diver. The underwater post office of Vanuatu, off Hideaway Island near Port Vila, is situated 50 metres offshore and three metres below the surface. Since 2003 visitors to the island have been able to post special waterproof postcards here, cards that are regularly collected by one of Vanuatu Post’s four trained scuba divers. The working hours are usually about an hour a day but longer on cruise ship days. ‘I love working at the underwater branch,’ says VPL’s Samuel Robert. ‘It’s great fun and really pleasing to see so many visitors each day who cannot believe their eyes!’ Source/more info
Rak Jebel Al Jais Mountain Resort
The United Arab Emirates are planning yet another master planned tourist village, this time on a mountain in Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah. This futuristic resort will be built on the top and sides of a mountain range and will include hotels, residences, shopping, restaurants, offices, a convention centre and exhibition halls. Cable cars, funiculars and elevators will allow guests and residents to travel to the various areas within the resort. The resort is designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and will be a challenge in many aspects, including the extravagant design, an impossible building site and many will argue that it disregards the native landscape. Nonetheless, for a company seeking a Middle East presence it may be a location worth considering.
Office in the sky
An office location above the clouds could be yours for a day, or during a flight on board the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380. The award-winning Business Class is the most spacious available on a passenger jet and includes all the conveniences of the modern office. An all-in-one business panel features in-seat power supply and USB ports. When the work is done you can relax and enjoy on demand entertainment from your personal 15.4-inch, high resolution, LCD screen.
Please let us know of any other great office locations….