From robots to gherkins, not every office building in the world can be classed as “conventional”. Some companies pride themselves as being in housed in some magnificent buildings with rivalled prestigious addresses where others are more “creative” with where they have their headquarters.
Join us as we take a look at the top ten office buildings from the utterly sublime, to the somewhat ridiculous.
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Fancy conducting business at dazzling new heights? Found in the tallest building in the world, these office buildings in oil rich Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have 37 floors of office suites offering breath taking views of the city with the prestige to match. The offices which featured in the latest instalment of the Mission Impossible series can be found on the highest floors of the building, so if you are scared of heights, approach with caution! Fancy some retail therapy at lunch time? There’s also an exclusive entrance to the World’s largest mall, the Dubai Mall for office users.
2. The Basket Building, Ohio
The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio is hard to ignore. As you might have guessed the 180,000-square-foot building, is home to the Longaberger Company, a manufacturer of handcrafted maple wood baskets. Constructed on the orders of the company’s founder, Dave Longaberger, the building cost $30 million to build and took two years to complete. Many experts tried to persuade him to alter his plans, but he wanted an exact replica of the real thing. This might just be the strangest office building in the world!
3. The Shard, London
Standing at approximately 306 metres the latest edition to London’s skyline, the Shard, is currently the tallest building in the European Union. Predominately consisting of office buildings covering 53,585 square metres of space over 27 floors, the development is also made up of an observation deck offering the best views over London, restaurants and residential space. Information on rents and prospective tenants remain a closely-guarded secret, but can you imagine the window cleaning bill to maintain London’s newest icon?!
4. Apple Spaceship, California
Aiming to be, “the best office building in the world”, plans for Apple’s new campus have been creating quite a stir since they were revealed in 2006. The technology giant’s new headquarters will take the unusual form of a space ship and house 13,000 employees, at four stories tall, landscaped with over 6,000 trees. Still under construction the building could cost up to $5 billion to construct, making it one of the most high end office spaces ever.
5. ING, Amsterdam
Nicknamed the “shoe” or the “dustbuster”, ING House is the headquarters of ING Group found in the business district Zuidas of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Built in 2001, this is one of the most expensive buildings in the Netherlands. The building is constructed like a table on 16 angled steel legs and is designed so that none of its walls form a straight angle with a neighbouring one. If a comparison to a shoe is not enough, it is often said to resemble a giant sand castle.
6. The Gherkin, London
30 St Mary Axe, informally known as “The Gherkin”, is the main icon of London’s financial district and is one of the city’s most recognised examples of modern architecture. Unusual and eye catching in the London skyline, the Gherkin is the second tallest building in the City of London at 180 metres tall. It is used exclusively for offices and is not open to the public. Innuendos still continue over its distinctive shape and size!
7. The Bank of Asia, Thailand
Headquarters of The Bank of Asia in Bangkok, the “Robot” building was designed to reflect the computerisation of banking in 1986. Rumour has it that Sumet Jumsai, one of the directors responsible for its design was inspired by his son who had a keen interest in his toy robot. Developing the concept of the robot further, the building has eyes, antennas and receding walls, which all have practical functions too.
8. Office Centre “1000″ a.k.a. Banknote , Kaunas, Lithuania
Probably one of the most strikingly different office buildings in Europe, Office Centre “1000”, can be found in Kaunaus, Lithuania’s leading centre of economic, academic, and cultural life. The building was constructed to commemorate Lithuania’s accession to the EU in 2004 and houses, you’ve guessed it, international bank offices. This luminous 10 story office building was designed in the form of the LTL 1000 banknote that dates back to 1926. The exterior consists of 4,500 different pieces of glass with enamel designs, slotted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
9. Menwith Hill, UK
The giant golf balls found outside the picturesque town of Harrogate in Yorkshire, UK are a stark contrast to the quaint and tranquil countryside it finds itself surrounded by. This futuristic RAF base looks like an alien invasion amongst the Yorkshire Dales!
10. Shanghai World Financial Centre, Shanghai
Located in the heart of financial district of Shanghai, this towering skyscraper is easily distinguished by its trapezoid aperture at the peak. The building is made up of hotel and office space and as you’d expect from its location, boasts first class financial companies as residents. The building didn’t always have its iconic trapeze feature, originally being circular. Having been declared too similar to the rising sun of the Japenese flag, the trapeze was born.